Dentures are popular for tooth replacement, competing closely with dental implants as the most effective option for restoring a full set of teeth. Dentures are not only suitable for patients with multiple missing teeth, but they're also convenient to wear and remove as necessary.
With every passing year, new and exciting innovations are introduced into the field of dentures. Indeed, there are common problems that still face patients who wear dentures. The challenges of maintaining a proper fit, making dentures more durable and keeping them clean still continue to be a top concern for dental professionals.
So what's new for dentures for 2019, and how will these advancements improve patient health?
Use of 3D imaging to map fitting and biting patterns
Over the years, dentures have improved significantly in how they fit inside a patient's mouth. This improvement can be attributed in large part to 3D imaging. 3D technology has made it possible for dental professionals to design a perfect fit for each patient they work with.
Through innovative technologies, mapping and fitting can be optimised for each patient so they can enjoy increased comfort. 2019 will be no different. Patients can expect dentures to be prepared according to their current tooth and mouth structure. In fact, you may now need to provide the dimensions of your upper and lower casts, your age and your tooth shades when having dentures fitted. This information will be used to create a special 3D image that also takes into consideration your biting patterns.
Mapping and replicating your natural teeth positioning
Just recently, new software (called cranial technology) was introduced. The software is capable of predicting your natural tooth position. Using statistical models to predict cranial reference points inside your mouth, dentures can be designed to provide a perfect fit.
When you have multiple missing teeth, it can be difficult for your dentist to determine where the original teeth were positioned. But thanks to this new software, your dentures can replicate the function, position and shape of natural teeth.
Bridging the gap between denture manufacturers and patients
For many years, denture technicians would develop products for patients without even knowing what the person looked like or what their goals and preferences were. This is because most dentures were designed based on a generalised model rather than precise and exact calculations.
2019 will witness a significant shift in this design technique. Due to new maxilla and mandible fitting patterns, the gap between manufacturers and patients will be reduced, and manufacturers will be able to design products that have a natural feel (and are more fitting for their patients).
For more information, contact your local dentist.