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Digital Dentures – The Future of Dentures

man smiling with partial dentures

In this day and age, technology has impacted pretty much every industry.

The culprit behind missing teeth is usually old age, tooth decay, or mouth trauma. Modern dentures are one of the most important dental prosthetics to exist, replacing missing teeth and improving one’s quality of life.

Traditional Dentures are made of a flesh-coloured acrylic base that fits over the patient’s gums. Physical impressions were used in the past to cast restorations and remain a viable option to this day. These days, however, more and more dental processes are being transformed into digital.

Compared to traditional dentures, Digital dentures offer numerous benefits that reduce processing time and eliminate errors that occur with manual denture processing.

Elderly woman in a dental chair smiling at the denturist during a denture exam.

What Are Digital Dentures and How Are They Made

The evolution in denture technology has given rise to today’s Digital dentures.

An impression of your gums and teeth is digitally scanned using advanced modern technologies and the data collected is transferred to design software. The technology will also consider various spacing and cosmetic-related issues with your teeth to ensure a perfectly fitting prosthetic.

Once the software has conceptualized the denture and sent the design to the lab, denture technicians will begin to craft the appliance out of blocks of resin or resin liquid.

Since the resin doesn’t shift as it cures, it yields a closer fit to your palate, making the prosthetic much more comfortable to wear. This process is a lot less invasive and labour intensive than the traditional method of crafting dentures.

Benefits of Digital Dentures

This new technology has many advantages over the traditional way of creating dentures.

With conventional dentures, it takes on average 3 to 5 appointments to complete your dentures. The time frame, however, will depend on the type of denture that you will require and the frequency that you can attend your appointments. On average it takes anywhere from one and a half to three and a half weeks. The incredibly time-consuming and tiring process is gone thanks to the help of Digital dentures. This new appliance only requires two appointments. Simply, traditional dentures may take 4-6 weeks to be fabricated while Digital dentures take only 2 weeks to fabricate.

Since the denture design is saved on a digital file, should you require a replacement, you’ll have a new denture in a short amount of time. Traditionally, patients would have to repeat the entire denture fabrication process, which includes retaking impressions.

One of the biggest advantages of Digital dentures is that they look completely natural. Due to the more accurate design technology and materials used, no one will be able to tell that your teeth are artificial.

denturist and dental patient in denture clinic

Many people may think that Digital dentures cost more than their traditional counterparts due to the technology used, although it’s actually the opposite. Thanks to the 3D scanning tool, dentures can be made quickly and with a stronger material so that the prosthetic can last longer.

The Future Is Digital

Thinking of getting dentures but don’t want to go through the tedious process? The days of long appointments are finally over.

At Ottawa South Denture Clinic, we combine exceptional patient care with the latest denture technologies to create the ultimate denture experience for you. Our team works hard to restore your beautiful smile, improve your oral health, and help you regain your confidence.

Reach out to us to find out more about Digital dentures and book your complimentary consultation today.

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