There are two types of dentures available on the market today. There is the traditionally made denture that is made of a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (roof of your mouth), and the lower denture is horseshoe shaped to accommodate the tongue. The newer digital dentures are milled out of a solid block of perfectly cured very hard resin which doesn’t distort as it cures like the conventional dentures can over time. This also helps to make the denture suction better to the inside of the mouth and makes for a much for comfortable feel that the acrylic. The resin that is used is also a much harder material, 8 times to be exact, that is proven to last longer and withstand pressure longer than the traditional acrylic material.
The appointment process is definitely different between the two types of dentures. Traditional dentures require multiple appointments for molds, extractions, fittings and adjustments. With digital dentures it takes 2, maybe 3 appointments if there are any adjustments needed. This makes a huge difference to both the patient and the dentist. The dentist is able to have more chair time available for other patients, and the patient doesn’t have to be spending as much time at the dentist. The patient is also able to have less time with either few teeth, no teeth, or temporary, ill-fitting dentures.
Digital Dentures use a scientifically proven way to record how your teeth should bite together. It finds how far apart your teeth should be, levels out your smile line, places your front teeth in the right spot, and traces out your bite to put your jaw joints into the correct position. It truly takes all the guess work out of making a fantastic set of dentures. By using this process, digital dentures have been proven to be a much more comfortable denture over traditional dentures. When your teeth and jaw are properly lined up, your mouth can’t help but feel comfortable.
The secret behind Digital Denture is that breakthrough software controls the manufacturing process. The machine makes the dentures out of a pre-shrunk, homogenous puck. So you don’t have any shrinkage of stone models and traditional injection molding. The way your impression comes out of the mouth of the patient will be the way the denture is made. In fact, digital dentures don’t need a post palatal seal to compensate for poor fitting surfaces; it fits right the first time.
In the case of the traditional dentures, if a part of the denture gets broken or heaven forbid gets lost, you will have to repeat the process of impressions to have a new set of dentures made. This is not so for digital. With digital dentures they are able to fabricate new dentures almost immediately because the digital file can’t be accidently broken. It will forever be on file and waiting to be used again if needed.