What Is a Typical Digital Dentures Workflow?
The digital denture workflow actually begins in the dental office. The clinician establishes a bite record and uses a chairside scanner to capture the patient’s intraoral anatomy. These scans are digitized and stored in files that are electronically submitted to the denture laboratory.
Digital Denture Technology
3D computerized mock-ups of the dentures, based on the captured records, are created virtually by the denture technician. Manufacturing parameters are applied to the design to allow for uniform thickness of the baseplates, minimization of physical handling, and optimization of material use for less waste. Typically, the lab uses digital denture technology to make a physical mockup that the dentist can try in the patient’s mouth. This try-in may be modified at chairside to establish the desired result. Once the try-in is returned to the lab, the manufacturing parameters are altered accordingly and denture baseplates are printed. Denture teeth are printed separately for an exact fit with the respective baseplates.
Digital Denture Tools
After printing, the denture component pieces are cleansed and trimmed free of their manufacturing supports using specialized digital denture tools and solutions. The technician then joins the printed denture teeth with their respective baseplates by hand. Final curing and polishing complete the workflow.
How Much Do Digital Dentures Cost?
When asked “How much do digital dentures cost?”, consider that digital dentures offer both the dentist and denture wearer better overall value for the money. Because the specifications for dentures are saved, it is possible to quickly re-create replacement dentures at a lower cost than making conventional dentures since the impression and intermediate appointments are entirely avoided. Traditional dentures come with more inherent errors and issues, generate more waste, and require more labor to produce and deliver than digital dentures.
Are Digital Dentures Expensive?
Stomadent Dental Lab offers its basic 3D printed dentures to dental professionals starting at $290 per arch. Similar traditional economy dentures are also offered at the same price point. For comparison, 3D milled dentures made from superior-quality resins are offered to dentists by Stomadent for $490 per arch. This price point is only slightly higher than their conventionally-made counterparts.
Because of the work provided by the dentist, patients can expect dentures to cost between $500 and $2,000 per arch, depending on denture quality and geographic location.
Your Source for Digital Dentures
What are digital dentures without the expertise to bring them to life? Because Stomadent Dental Laboratory invested in digital denture technology while in its infancy, our technical staff is light years ahead of many of our competitors. We have the experience that allows us to produce a superior product that exceeds the expectations of your most demanding patients. Trust Stomadent to be your source for digital dentures!
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