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Modern dentures are made of acrylic resin and other plastics. The time-consumig and labor-inntensive analog workflow involves multiple patient visits and production steps. Denture manufacturing is a complex craft with a steep learning curve, annd dental labs increasingly struggle to find technicians with advanced skills and and expertise required to produce them. 3D printed digital dentures are a major step toward the overall simplification of the dental laboratory manufacturing process.
Using dental design software and 3D printing to manufacture dentures offers a number of instant advantages:
- Low-cost production: Affordable hardware allows labs to expand production without adding substantial overhead.
- Accurate, consistent, high-quality results: A directly 3D printed prosthetic means fewer steps and less variability — a more consistent workflow for a quality end product every time.
- Intuitive, adaptable tools: The digital workflow fits into your traditional processes today and will be much easier to teach to tomorrow’s digitally savvy dental lab technicians.
- Simplified, fast remakes: Digital denture designs are reusable, shareable, modifiable and easy to reproduce with 3D printing.
- Truly custom teeth: Unlike pre-manufactured denture cards, digital dentures are completely patient-specific
3D Printed Models
Over the course of the past decade, the dental industry has been revolutionized by 3D printing technology.
In dentistry, it’s very important to get things right the first time, and dental 3D printers ensure this. Doctors can print a model of the patient’s mouth, and verify that their implant, crown, or aligner will fit with precision and send to our lab.
3D printed dental models are easy to make. They only require a quick scan of the patient’s mouth. Despite this, they can be powerful tools for a dentist because they ennable them to check their work before surgically implanting it into a patient.
A custom tray is a impression tray custom made for an individual patient by our dental lab technician, usually made from acrylic, such as polymethyl methacrylate, or shellac.
Bleaching trays are plastic retainers made using models of your teeth that hold whitening (bleach) gel. Each tray is custom-made to fit over the user’s upper and lower teeth “like a glove”. To perform treatments, the user places whitening gel in the trays and then seats them over their teeth according to the whitening gel manufacturer’s instructions.
Space retainers are appliances used in the mouth to preserve and maintain space. They are necessary when one and more primarily molars have been prematurely lost due to trauma or disease. Using a space retainer allows the permanent teeth to erupt, or grow, into the correct alignment with proper tooth to tooth contact.
When properly used, speace retainers can prevent movement of the first molars, preventing loss of space for other teeth, including adult bicuspid and cannies, which are permanent.
Teeth grinding and clenching, also known as Bruxism, is pretty common and can be painful and destructive to teeth. Luckily, there are plenty of night guards for Bruxism on the market that can help anyone who clenches and grinds their teeth while sleeping.
Most cases of Bruxism can easily be treated by wearing a night guard while you sleep. Night guards are also known as dental guards, mouth guards, nocturnal bite plates, or bite splints. They work by putting a barrier between your teeth. When you clench your jaw, the night guard helps to lighten the tension and give cushion to the muscles in the jaw. This cushioning not only helps to prevent face and jaw pain, but also protects the enamel of your teeth. They look very similar to snoring remedies.
Night guards for Bruxism can be purchased over-the-counter without a prescription, as well as straight from the dentist. There are a few different ways they can be fitted, and the type that will work best for you depends on your individual needs.