Digital Denture Solutions
Saskatchewan's First Digital Denture Solution
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The conventional denture process typically requires a patient to have 4 or more dental appointments to receive his or her final dentures. This can be problematic and time consuming. Fortunately, the same CAD/CAM processes that have been simplifying restorative dentistry are also now enhancing and streamlining the procedures associated with custom denture fabrication. For example, using CAD/CAM technology, an impression is taken by the denturist, which can be through the use of an intra-oral scan technology (eliminating the need for “goopy/messy/uncomfortable” mouthfuls), or the scanning of models made from traditional impression materials. Then 3-D renderings of a denture are created based on 26 specific anatomical landmarks captured in the impression and “3-D printed”
to precise specifications, for the patient to use as a functioning try-in for a few days if they wish!! A final denture can then be fabricated to the exact measurements required. The elimination of “dimensional change” in the manufacturing process drastically reduces the “adjustment period” afterward.
Digital Dentures are the convenient future of dentures
Tooth loss is extremely common amongst adults, especially as we age. However, many people suffer, yet don’t seek a remedy due to the cost or the perceived time commitment to receive traditional dentures or implants. Fortunately, for many, digital dentures are a great new solution. Using CAD/CAM technology, digital dentures can be created easier and faster than traditional methods. Further, digital dentures can then be fabricated to precise standards, resulting in fewer patient visits to receive your final denture.
What are Digital Dentures?
The conventional denture process typically requires a patient to have 5 or more dental appointments to receive their final dentures. This can be problematic and time consuming. Fortunately, the same CAD/CAM processes that have been simplifying restorative dentistry are also now enhancing and streamlining the procedures associated with denture fabrication. For example, using CAD/CAM technology, once an impression is taken by the denturist, the 3-D renderings of a denture are created based on 26 specific anatomical landmarks captured in the impression. A final denture can then be fabricated to precise standards. In some cases, with intra-oral scanning techniques, only one patient visit may be needed before final denture delivery, compared to the 5 or more visits previously required. This eliminates the need for messy and uncomfortable impressions.
What are the benefits of digital dentures?
Digital dentures offer digital precision for an exceptional fit. Not only is the denture quality improved, but also the lead time (and therefore turnaround time for the final denture) and costs associated with dentures are, in most cases, greatly reduced. The multiple appointments with the patient and associated materials involved with conventional dentures can, in some cases, be eliminated. Because all the information necessary to design an accurate, comfortable, well-fitting and aesthetic denture is stored in a digital format, a permanent digital record is maintained that can be used in the future if a replacement or duplicate denture is required.
Summary of Digital Denture benefits:
Digital precision for a greater denture fit/feel and improved comfort
Likely fewer appointments
Greater aesthetic accuracy for a more natural-looking smile
Digital backup offers quicker, accurate replacement dentures
What is the process of getting Digital Dentures?
During the first patient visit, the denturist will take impressions or 3D intra-oral scans of your mouth (the impressions are then converted into digital files using a 3D scanner). This initial appointment requires less than 45 minutes of chair time, but the use of impressions/scanner depends on what type of denture is required. A second appointment for more precise records and appropriate measurements may be required, again depending on the type of denture required. Using the digital files/records, special 3D denture design software determines the ideal arch shape, teeth size, and form, to generate a micron-precise ideal denture setup. This 3D prototype model is reviewed by your denturist prior to 3D printing and the digital denture models are loaded into a 3D printer to create a denture prototype you can wear temporarily, so that you can approve the fit/feel/appearance of your new denture.
During the next appointment, the 3D printed prototype denture is placed in the patient’s mouth and closely evaluated to ensure that all previous measurements and information are accommodated. The patient’s ability to speak and chew is verified, and any adjustments are made, if necessary. From an aesthetics perspective, the smile-line, lip support, and denture teeth set-up are also evaluated. Most importantly, you the patient can evaluate and determine if the dentures are a perfect fit.
The approved and final denture is then CNC milled from a block of high
compression/high strength materials, assembled (customized composite gingival-toning is added if requested), and delivered to the patient during a final visit. Total chair time and appointment time throughout the process, depending on what type of dentures are required, is typically less than 90 minutes. As a result, not only was the entire process shortened, but greater denture fit, comfort, and aesthetic accuracy is also achieved with these new digital denture techniques.
Who is a good candidate for Digital Dentures?
Clearly the future of dentures is digital and almost anyone who is a candidate for
dentures will appreciate the benefits of digital dentures. An ideal candidate is a man or woman who has experienced significant tooth loss and still has a sufficient amount of healthy gum tissue and jawbone.