Dentures carry an emotional component as well as physical challenges to patients and no digital procedure will ever eliminate that, says Dr. Jeffrey Fellner, dentist in Glendale, Arizona, with Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry. What digital dentures can do, however, is improve the speed and accuracy with how it can be done, adds Fellner.
Many of Dr. Fellner's patients who have had dentures in the past know how many appointments it takes to make them. Digital dentures limit the initial phase of dentures to one appointment, where an impression is taken, records are taken and a shade is chose. During the second appointment, the dentures are delivered to the patient.
A unique outcome of digital dentures for Dr. Fellner's patients is that they're too accurate and he often has to make adjustments so they're not so tight-fitting. He strongly reminds his patients not to use any adhesive because they will not be able to get the dentures out.
A benefit to using mini-implants with dentures is that the mini-implants help retain the lower dentures and keep them stable enough to provide better comfort, says Dr. Fellner.