mature woman smiling with teethMany technologies are moving to digital processes that can make them faster and, in some cases, better. Dentistry is no different. There are many digital technologies in dentistry that represent significant advancements to improve both the experience and the results patients enjoy.

Digital dentures are digitally created dentures. Dentists take digital impressions of your mouth, digitally design the dentures on the computer, and then 3D print them.

However, digital dentures remain a difficult area. As one recent trial shows, the technology still demands compromises from patients, and the results are–at best–comparable to traditional processes. It seems we likely have a long way to go before digital dentistry offers the type of denture quality that the Denture Fountain of Youth® can.

Digital Denture Trial Excluded a Third of Patients

This digital denture trial, published on July 15 in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, focused on the Baltic Denture System. This digital denture system attempts to save patients and practices time in denture production. The system can make complete dentures in just two visits without needing laboratory procedures.

The trial initially recruited nearly 30 patients. However, more than a third of these patients had to be excluded because they didn’t have neutral sagittal jaw relation. Neutral sagittal jaw relation is similar to orthodontic Class 1. It means your upper jaw and lower jaw are roughly aligned in terms of their forward position, often with the upper jaw (maxilla) slightly above the lower jaw (mandible). In the words of the study authors, “The digital processing of dentures by the Baltic Denture System includes some compromises.”

After excluding these patients, 16 patients were eligible for the trial. To complete the trial, patients would wear a digital denture and a conventional denture each for three months. They weren’t told which was which. As they wore each denture, researchers evaluated:

  • Denture appearance
  • Occlusal relationships
  • Retention of dentures
  • Ability to speak with dentures

At the end of the study, researchers compared the results to determine which system produced better results.

Digital Dentures No Better Than Conventional

From the beginning, the trial reported problems with the digital dentures. In addition to being unable to help a third of the patients who applied, the digital dentures initially fitted poorly.

At insertion, the digital dentures had overextended borders. This caused poor denture retention. However, the system allowed for adjustment of these borders at two weeks, allowing them to reach comparable fit and retention to the conventional dentures.

In addition, one study participant was so displeased with the fit and appearance of the digital dentures that he refused to wear them for the full three months.

Researchers also expressed frustration at another limitation of the digital dentures system: it did not let clinicians individualize the arrangement of the anterior (front) teeth. Everyone had to have the exact same tooth configuration, something that is relatively common for cheap or economy dentures.

By the end of the trial, researchers reported that the final data showed that digital dentures and conventional dentures were equally effective in the primary endpoints: retention and the ability to speak. While the initial problems with digital dentures are noteworthy, the correctible nature of the denture borders means that patients didn’t have to suffer more than two weeks with a worse denture fit.

Custom Dentures for Better Fit, Function, and Appearance

There are a number of digital denture systems out there. Some dentists utilize them today and advertise them as if the digital process inherently makes them a better approach.

However, as this clinical trial shows, digital does not necessarily mean better Often, the digital process is merely comparable to conventional dentures, possibly demanding different compromises than conventional dentures but likely not offering significant benefits. Don’t be lured in by this type of buzzword.

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Dynamic measurements help ensure that your denture borders don’t interfere with your jaw muscles as they move. This keeps your jaw from dislodging your dentures while talking or eating. Precise fitting to your jaw and palate ensures a good seal that allows for great stability and retention. For even greater retention, FOY ® Dentures can utilize dental implants.

The measurements ensure that your new dentures fit not just your jaws but your entire face. This helps reduce the aging effects of dentures. Instead of making you look older, FOY ® Dentures can reduce the impacts of facial aging. They can reduce sagging under the chin and hollows in the cheeks.

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