Dentures have come a long way since the days of gold, lead and ivory fabrication. Modern dentures offer incredible performance, comfortability, aesthetics and durability.
Today’s market offers two types of dentures for those in search of replacing their natural pearly whites: traditional dentures and digital dentures.
But what is the difference?
Traditionally made dentures make use of a flesh-coloured acrylic base that fits snugly over your gumline. The “base” of the upper denture is designed to cover the roof of your mouth, while the lower (horseshoe-shaped) mould is designed to accommodate the tongue. Generally made from acrylic resin, porcelain or composite resin, traditional dentures are available in upper, lower, partial and full sets.
The process of getting fitted for and having traditional dentures made generally takes multiple visits.
Most patients can expect the process to be similar to the following:
- Dental examination and consultation
- Taking a mould and sending it to the lab for fabrication
- Fitting of the dentures
- Making any necessary adjustments
- Adapting to dentures
Digital dentures represent the future of dentures. This type of denture utilizes computer-aided design, engineering and manufacturing software (CAD, CAE and CAM respectively) in order to take incredibly precise measurements of your gums, teeth, mouth, jaw, facial structure, tongue and more. These measurements are then used to create an expertly fitted denture that is comfortable and perfectly matched to your unique physical structure.
Advantages of Digital Dentures Include:
- Largely eliminates the risk of human errors in measurement
- Provides an exceptional fit
- Enhanced comfortability
- Takes (on average) 2-3 dental appointments as compared to 5-7 for traditional dentures
- A digital impression is kept on file in the event that a spare or replacement denture is ever needed.
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