This year has indeed started as an exciting year for dental experts due to the technological advancement in the dental industry. An example of this is the launching of 3D printed dentures. Through the dedication of Dr. Tae Hyung Kim on his research, 3D printed dentures were created – both the partial and complete. He is the chair of removable prosthodontics in restorative science at the HermalOstrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California. He also invented the denture system DENTCA. This makes use of computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM). It comes with 3D printing technology that can be used for dental production.
One downside of removable dentures is that they can be misplaced by patients, especially those who are old and have special needs. This is why 3D printed dentures have become helpful among the said demographic. In the past, dental professionals had to start all over again in order to replace lost dentures. Now, since the birth of digital dentures, they no longer have to start from scratch since they have a digital record of their patients’ dental details. They just need to push the button according to Dr. Kim.
3D printed dentures can be produced faster than the traditional dentures. In the old procedures, dental practitioners would do at least five appointments just to make one denture. Others would change the process to cut the appointments into four. Some would even reduce it down to three appointments. But this is something Dr. Kim does not approve because it compromises the quality of the dentures. With a digital denture, patients can get high quality removables in only three visits.
3D printed dentures can also create testing dentures. Unlike with the traditional strategies, patients no longer have to go to the clinic for a try-in appointment that uses a wax denture. They can already test the fit and see if it functions right. And what’s good about it is that before moving to the final step for your new set of denture, you can bring food so you will be able to test how it feels like when chewing.