Digital dentures are a marvel of the modern world. They are created from start-to-finish using digital technology. Unlike traditional dentures, digital dentures allow for more flexibility in design and have a better lifespan, they are created entirely digitally, meaning they can be modified more easily by your denture clinic, should there be any problems with your immediate dentures.
If you’re venturing into the denture world for the very first time, you should know that you have options beyond the traditional set of dentures. Whether you need partial dentures, or a set of full dentures, digital dentures provide you with an option that didn’t exist five years ago.
However, before you make a decision about which route to go with your own dentures, here is some information about digital dentures to help you make an informed choice.
How Are Digital Dentures Made?
Digital dentures are created using a Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) program, which provides a 3D model of the dentures on a screen, allowing the manufacturers of your dentures to make micro adjustments to make sure that your dentures won’t be in need of emergency denture repair.
When all of the relevant measures are input into the Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) system and then, once the dentist has made sure that the measurements are correct, the dentures are then 3D printed using acrylic as a base.
This single pair of dentures can be recreated and fine-tuned, as dentists will often print a try-in pair to see if they’re a fit for your mouth before printing your immediate dentures.
What Are Some Benefits of Digital Dentures?
- Customisability with low cost factors – one of the main benefits of digitally printed dentures is that they are a lower manufacturing cost than traditional dentures, with more customisability. The software allows your dentist to fine-tune your dentures at a fraction of the denture cost.
- Faster production time – one of the main drawbacks of traditional dentures is that you sometimes have to wait weeks for your dentures to come in. This is not the case with digital dentures, as they can be printed in a matter of days, once the design has been finalised with the proper measurements.
- Fewer repairs needed – as these dentures are made from acrylic, they are less susceptible to breakage, reducing the amount of denture repair that is necessary. However, should they need to be repaired, it is simply a matter of reprinting the denture file, making replacement a much easier option.
- Less dentistry trips – traditional dentures sometimes require multiple visits to the dentist for extractions, fittings, mouldings, etc. However, digital dentures only require that you visit the dentist to get your mouth scanned for the 3D model to be made, then a second visit for the try-in model fitting, then a third to pick up your final pair.
- Cost-effectiveness – given that digital dentures require fewer visits to the dentist, you can save some cash by not having to pay out of pocket for as many visits. Additionally, digital dentures do not require frequent adjustments, meaning less time spent in that dreaded dentist chair.
- Patients that use digital dentures mostly report a more comfortable fit, exhibit a better bite than those that wear traditional dentures, and they have saved money on dentistry bills since making the switch to digital.
How Can Aesthetic Dental & Denture Clinic Help?
At Aesthetic Dental & Denture Clinic, we have the tools available to properly evaluate your denture case, give you an evaluation as to your best course of action – conventional dentures versus digital dentures – then prepare the product to your best fit. Aesthetic dentures are the leading denture experts in New South Wales and should be your first port of call for anything denture-related.