Topics Covered in Our Lunch and Learn on Removable Dental Appliances
The removable dental appliance course will cover complete dentures and highlight the five types of partial dentures offered by Stomadent Dental Lab all from the perspective of CAD/CAM technology. The discussion centers around the digital design and manufacture of these removable dental appliances. Digital dentistry offers numerous benefits to dentists including comfortable and precise-fitting restorations that require almost no adjustments at delivery.
Types of Removable Dental Appliances and Materials
Below are brief descriptions of seven types of removable dental appliances for your reference.
Nearly indestructible titanium partial frameworks are milled to the exact design from a plate of solid raw material. Since titanium is biocompatible, it is suitable for many patients and applications.
Wironium has the benefit of being thin and comfortable to wear while possessing incredible strength. Clasps made from Wironium are easily adjusted but difficult to break.
Flexible Partial Dentures
When great appearance and kindness to the teeth are the goals, choose a Valplast flexible partial with gum-colored clasps that blend seamlessly with the tissue.
Semi-Flexible Partial Dentures
Tooth-colored partial denture frameworks with tooth-colored clasps are milled from acetal resin. The result is an aesthetically pleasing partial denture that blends seamlessly with the patient’s natural teeth.
Acrylic Partial Dentures
Not your traditional acrylic partial denture. This CAD/CAM partial is fabricated from pre-processed denture acrylic that eliminates shrinkage for an exact fit.
Printed Complete Dentures
Printed dentures are a quick and easy way to fabricate basic or immediate dentures using an additive technique to construct great-fitting full arch removable appliances.
Milled Complete Dentures
Dentures and companion multi-layered denture teeth are separately milled from solid blocks of high-quality denture materials to become joined into beautiful full-mouth restorations that fit as great as they look.
Digital Dentistry and the Benefits of Going Digital
Traditional vs. Digital Partial Denture Designs
Traditional partial denture designs tend to be labor-intensive and error-prone, which results in modifications and adjustments to the final product for a proper fit. Digital designs use exacting and precise measurements that allow the final dental appliance to fit more comfortably without the need to make numerous refinements at the chairside.
CAD/CAM-Designed Partial Dentures
CAD/CAM takes the guesswork out of removable dental materials. Because it begins with a solid block of raw material to fabricate either the framework, baseplate, or denture teeth, the final product is not filled with voids that can lead to fracture. Acrylics are not subject to shrinkage and delayed release of chemicals after processing, resulting in a partial denture that fits exactly as it was designed to.
Digital Complete Dentures
Teeth and baseplates for complete dentures are CAD/CAM designed and 3D printed or milled rather than depending on the traditional labor-intensive reverse image method that carries processing errors through to the final appliance. Digital dentistry and new generation dental materials have greatly increased the accuracy and fit of dentures and allow complete dentures to be made in less time, reducing laboratory turnaround.