WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DIGITAL DENTURES
Would it surprise you to hear that digital dentistry has been around for more than 30 years? When I speak about Digital dentistry I get the common reaction of “wow! It’s crazy where technology is going these days!”
Although the technology is constantly improving and becoming more popular, CAD/CAM (computer assisted design and technology) has been around since the mid 1980’s.
Dentists in countries such as China and Germany have jumped on the digital train with up to 60% of dentists utilizing this technology when it comes to crown and bridge work. Dentists can now offer chair side crown and bridge work using CAD/CAM. What used to take weeks to produce can now be done in hours. This is beneficial to both patient and practitioner.
Are digital dentures available today?
Companies such as Avadent digital dentures and Dentca digital dentures are incorporating digital technology into the fabrication of dentures. Unfortunately, while these companies are heading in the right direction when it comes to digital dentures, there are still some challenges faced preventing them from producing a product that is better than the conventional denture.
Avadent digital dentures use digital technology to design and manufacture dentures. Denturists or Dentists take impressions and a bite registration using Avadent trays and material. Cases are then sent to the Avadent lab where they are scanned, designed and milled.
Dentca digital dentures also supply kits to the practitioner to collect patient data much like Avadent. The biggest difference between the two companies is the method used to finish the dentures. While Avadent digital dentures are milled, Dentca either prints a 3D replica of the denture and then processes it using the conventional method or they print the acrylic denture base and glue in the teeth.
While these companies claim to minimize the human error in manufacturing dentures, they are still relying on practitioners to take accurate impressions and bites at the initial appointment.
A recent research carried out at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry compared the 3 systems; Avadent, Dentca and Traditional dentures. These were the results that they found.
The reduction of chair time from 5 appointments to 2-3 seemed to improve patient satisfaction but in the end, the traditional denture proves to produce the best product.
In order to be considered a clear advantage, digital dentures must accomplish these 3 things:
- Improve efficiency
- Improve accuracy in comparison to existing methods
- A high level of predictability of outcomes
Avadent or Dentca has yet to accomplish all 3 of these requirements, but are getting steps closer.
90% of denture issues are due to incorrect bites captured by the practitioner. Until we are able to eliminate human error by taking accurate digital impressions for dentures and digital bites, it doesn’t make sense to adopt these methods.
With the knowledge and technology of digital dentures accelerating quickly, it is only a short matter of time before digital dentures become the primary method of denture production. We are excited for the future of digital dentures and believe it will be a complete game changer for both practitioners and patients.
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