3D Printed Dentures: 2019’s Dental Advancement

There are a number of reasons for dental professionals to be excited for today’s advancement in the world of dentistry. One of these is the birth of 3D printed dentures. Dr. Tae Hyung Kim, chair of removable prosthodontics in the division of restorative science at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California, has given dedication to his research in order to create 3D printed partial and complete dentures. He is the inventor of the denture system DENTCA. This utilizes computer-aided design and manufacturing or CAD/CAM that has 3D printing technology for dental production.

It is common among elderly and persons with special needs to misplace their West Chester dentures. Thus, 3D printed dentures are useful for patients who need replacement. When patients had this issue in the past, dental teams had to create new dentures, which means they had to start from scratch. Through digital dentures, clinicians no longer have to repeat the same procedureall over again because everything is digitally recorded. As said by Dr. Kim, “You just push the button.”

The production of 3D printed dentures is easier and faster than that of conventional dentures. In the old school of thought, practitionerswould go through five appointments to produce a single denture. Some would revise the process and reduce the appointments into four, while others down to three. Dr. Kim, however, does not agree. According to him, it sacrifices the quality of the conventional dentures. But with a digital denture, you can fabricate higher quality removables and it can be achieved in only three visits.

Another great thing about 3D printed dentures is that they can make testing West Chester dentures. In the traditional technique, patients had to visit the clinic for a try-in appointment with a wax denture. But since the teeth are not secured on the wax, they are not allowed to test and try the denture. With 3D printed dentures, patients can test the fit and check the functions. They may even bring the food they love eating to help in testingbefore creating the final removable.

It can be difficult to leave the traditional process, but to quote Dr. Kim, “If you are not changing the way you make dentures, you are not delivering the best dentures out there to your patient.”