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Digital Dentures: Revolutionizing Treatment for the Edentulous Patient

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While the number of edentulous patients is increasing every year, the access to care is decreasing. In order to streamline the complete denture process, more companies are incorporating CAD/CAM. This lecture will review how digital technology is changing complete dentures, and how it can be incorporated into clinical practice.

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6/3/2015

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Wendy AuClair-Clark, DDS, MS Wendy AuClair-Clark, DDS, MS
Dr. Wendy AuClair Clark completed her undergraduate training at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, and then earned her doctoral degree from the Marquett...
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Wendy AuClair - (6/16/2015 5:21 PM)

John- you are correct. You will still need an implant level impression or scan. It's exciting stuff! Charlotte- the cost depends on the lab/ product you choose, but overall it is typically less than the cumulative costs for a traditional denture. Many labs (that you may already work with) are fabricating digital dentures with various companies, and DENTCA has different price points for standard and premium

Charlotte Gerry - (6/13/2015 5:34 PM)

What is the average lab cost to fabricate CAD denture?

John Heimke - (6/8/2015 9:14 AM)

Excellent, Love the advancement of this digital technology. So if I understand you correctly, if doing a Conversion Bridge at Full Arch Implant placement, at the restorative phase 3-4 months later a scan can be made of the Bridge and arch and a PMMA can be generated?

Wendy AuClair - (6/6/2015 9:59 PM)

Glenn- I've worked with dual alginate techniques for final denture impressions, though I'm not sure if it was specifically the shipman technique. Alginate denture impressions (dual or single) produce the most overextended borders of any standard material. Also, as alginate must be poured quickly to prevent distortion, it could not be sent to a lab to be scanned. The model would have to be poured, then scanned, which could introduce further error. PVS is very fluid in the working state, so can be easily molded. It can tend to overextend more than some materials (green stick, plaster, etc), but a slightly more "aggressive" border molding helps get a good impression of the borders. If you'd like a good resource on the accuracy of border molding with PVS, I'd direct you to Joseph Massad. Thanks for the question!

Maurice Salama - (6/4/2015 8:18 PM)

Absolutely one of the best lectures on this educational website. One everyone should view as it is the now and future of prosthetics.....great job Wendy. Dr. S

glenn norton - (6/4/2015 1:48 PM)

Excellent presentation! It would seem that the heavy body/light body wash technique would cause an over extention of the borders and a distortion of the soft tissues especially at the borders versus the Shipman dual alginate technique. Could you comment please.

sharon pollick - (6/3/2015 5:00 PM)

One of the best lectures thus far

Anje Holtzhausen - (6/3/2015 3:16 PM)

Thank you Wendy. Really enjoyed your lecture.

Ronald Goldstein - (6/3/2015 2:31 PM)

This topic represents the future of full denture as it does prosthetics in general. We will see a tremendous increase in digital printing in dentistry over the next 5 years and this is just the start of the technology. Well done, Wendy!

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