Transition Toward Digital Dentures: Clinical Advantages of Digital Dentures

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So what are the clinical advantages? That’s a good question to ask. You have to consider: what’s in it for me as a clinician? What’s in it for me as a patient? The technology offers a stronger, more accurate denture, but what are the real benefits?

A couple of key advantages I’ll mention right off the bat. First, there’s an opportunity for proactivity that you or the laboratory can engage in, depending on your communication. We’re not perfect – when taking impressions, there are often little blobs or artifacts that get through. With a digital scan of the impression, you can identify these defects and use correction tools to simply erase them with a click of a paintbrush. While it may seem insignificant, it could prevent a sore spot or adjustment later on, providing the patient a better experience on the day of insertion.

Another proactive step is the ability to add strategic relief. It’s not a traditional relief chamber, but rather you can gauge undercuts and add precise, targeted amounts of relief material precisely where desired. We all have different philosophies – I personally like to remove some of the little crevices, as they can create sharp points that don’t benefit the patient. I tend to relieve the anterior papilla area and median palatal area, as dentures can rock on those over time. Whatever your particular approach, you can essentially perform proactive “spot adjustments” digitally, which can really help with insertion and post-insertion visits.

Denture border outlines are another area of improvement. Traditionally, you had to fill in borders with wax, then use burs to reduce them correctly – a process requiring tremendous laboratory skill. With digital, you have control over the individual arch outlines. You can refine them to your preferences, with the goal of requiring no adjustments on the day of insertion – something I’ve been fortunate to achieve for most patients, which was never possible before. It allows for much richer communication with the laboratory regarding your desired outlines and philosophy.

You can absolutely take better jaw records, as you’ll be working with denture bases that fit vastly superior to traditional bases, which had to be relieved to avoid undercuts since they were made on a master cast you didn’t want to damage. With better fitting bases, you can obtain more stable, accurate jaw records.

The fit will absolutely be better, not only due to the dimensional accuracy, but also the impression techniques used. As for maxillary post dams, they’re no longer necessary since we don’t have to compensate for polymerization shrinkage with this new technology.

Pre-insertion occlusal adjustments and post-insertion adjustments have always been challenging with analog dentures, as you’d have to do a remount procedure to truly equilibrate the occlusion. Digitally, you have the extremely advanced ability to completely equilibrate prior to delivery, preventing the need for clinical remounts.

Try-ins offer a nice advantage as well, especially for discerning patients – since they’re monolithic, the teeth can’t dislodge, allowing patients to take them home and evaluate them in a friendly environment with family, rather than being limited to a brief try-in with a hand mirror. It provides a far better try-in experience.

And if a denture is ever damaged by a pet or accident, you have the incredible service of being able to simply deliver a replacement in a matter of hours, since all the information is preserved digitally, rather than having to start from scratch. These are just some of the key clinical advantages this technology offers.

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