Dentures have always been an affordable way to replace missing teeth. For those considering dentures or that need to have their old dentures replaced, digital advances can mean a faster, smoother process. To find out more, read below and find out how digital devices and methods have replaced the old, cumbersome way dentures are measured and fitted.

The Traditional Way

A perfect fit is a sometimes elusive goal when dentures are created. That usually means a lot of measuring beforehand along with multiple trips back for adjustments once the denture is in place. Here is what you can expect if you go the traditional denture route:

  1. Initial impressions are made
  2. A final, more precise impression is made
  3. The wax try-in or bite takes place
  4. Delivery of the denture
  5. Adjustments of the denture

In some cases, traditional dentures will require at least five or more visits to the dentist before you can leave the office with a completed denture.

Dentures the Digital Way

Modern dentists rely on a number of digital devices for a wide variety of treatments. Digital imaging of the mouth, gums, and teeth has replaced X-rays for many. When it comes to dentures, data from scans, photographs, and tiny 3D cameras can be used to create extremely accurate measurements. This allows dental labs to create a denture that looks more natural and fits perfectly. In addition, digital devices allow dental patients to experience the following benefits:

Relines and Other Adjustments — Once your dental footprint is on record, maintenance is a snap. For example, dentures may need to be relined, and using digital data can mean a quicker and more accurate fix.

Fewer appointments — It's become difficult to get many types of appointments because of the pandemic but convenience has always been important to many. Compared to the five or more visits needed for traditional dentures, the digital way involves only a couple of appointments. This way of doing things makes it easier for elderly people, the handicapped, those in nursing homes, and just about anyone who wants to simplify.

Customized Results — Denture creation uses a mix of art and science. You can, for example, change the shape of any particular tooth to more closely approximate your original bite using old photographs. Using digital imaging and stored data makes it easier to make changes to accommodate the patient's wishes.

To find out more about the digital way to obtain dentures, speak to a dentist, like Dr. Jon Douglas Lesan, DDS, RpH, PA.