Technological advancements are being made all over the world in every category. Dental technology is also advancing, making dentures more comfortable, aesthetically appealing, and functional for those who are missing teeth. As far as tooth replacement options go, the advancements made in dental implants make them just as effective as natural teeth.
If you are thinking of replacing missing teeth with a set of dentures, here is what you need to know about the evolution of dental technology as a tooth replacement option:
The Evolution of Denture Technology: A Brief History
Conventional dentures have undergone radical changes over the decades. Before these tooth replacement options were on the market, dentists used ivory to replace missing teeth. Soon, they moved on to using real human teeth in a sort of dental bridge.
It wasn’t until the 1800s that a base material was developed in a dental lab to make wearing false teeth more comfortable. This material was known as vulcanite, and its development saw a rapid increase in the number of people interested in what dental technology had to offer.
Since the 1700s, people have been trying to make traditional dentures have a more natural appearance, improve their longevity, and make them more comfortable for the wearer. The techniques that have surfaced over the past few years make it easier than ever to keep up with your oral health. They are less invasive, faster, and more convenient for everyone involved.
Let’s take a look at how traditional dentures have advanced with the times:
The Role of Technology in Denture Development
Dental technology has made the process of partial and complete dentures much smoother than it used to be. Thanks to digital technology, patients can now be fitted for dentures directly from their primary dentist instead of making multiple appointments with specialists.
Even the process of making conventional dentures has grown faster, minimizing the number of appointments that must be made to set dental implants or implant-supported dentures. It’s less invasive, more effective, and more closely resembles natural teeth, so no one will be able to tell the difference.
Advancements in Denture Materials
When dentures and implant-supported dentures were initially designed, porcelain teeth ruled the day. They were relatively inexpensive, easy to shape, and looked like natural teeth to minimize the effects of tooth loss. While some dentists still use porcelain teeth, advancements in denture materials have led the way with acrylic resin dentures.
Acrylic resin is relatively easy to fix into place and make instant adjustments if something is bothering the patient. Because of its affordability and ease of use, most people prefer their dentist to use this type of plastic denture. Plus, it is a lot more comfortable in the mouth compared to conventional dentures.
The only downside is that acrylic resin may not last as long as its porcelain counterparts. Many dentists still use porcelain because it’s a relatively strong material. However, they are better for those getting a full set of conventional dentures because they can wear down the adjacent teeth with their hard grinding.
Keep in mind that porcelain dentures are going to be more expensive and may not be as comfortable to wear as those made of acrylic resin.
Case Study: Use of Advanced Materials in Dentures
One patient in need of dentures presented with a few remaining teeth, meaning she would be the ideal candidate for implant-supported dentures made of acrylic resin. Her dentist used digital X-rays to create a template for her new teeth. They were comfortable to wear, inexpensive, and easy to install.
Technological Innovations in Denture Design
One of the most impressive technological innovations in denture design is the use of digital X-rays. They allow those in the dentistry field to take detailed pictures of the interior of the mouth, gums, and even the remaining teeth. The pictures clearly appear on the computer screen and allow additional images to be taken when necessary.
With the right images taken initially, creating dentures has never been easier.
X-rays ensure that your new smile matches up with your natural one. The dentures can be easily modified and changed based on your preferences, allowing you to make subtle changes that ensure a better fit for your dentures.
Dentures designed this way are easy on the jawbone and require minimal appointments for dentists who have the capability of using this advanced technology.
Case Study: The Impact of Improved Design on Denture Users
This means that the process of placing a set of dentures that matches up with the jawbone and an innate smile is easier than ever. It is simple to get the smile you want, and they can easily be replaced if they break or wear down in the decades to come. Your smile is just around the corner with improved design.
The Future of Denture Technology
The future of dental technology looks bright as new innovations lead the way in the replacement of a missing tooth. Digital impressions with 3D printed dentures are a reality and are getting better each year. These advancements are improving these treatments to the point where they are approaching the function and feel of conventionally made dentures. We feel like in the future these digital technologies will be the standard of care.
Dental technology is rapidly growing and advancing, just like every other industry affected by innovations in technology. If you have been thinking about advanced denture options, Fresh Dental has the skill and technology you need to get your smile back. Give us a call today to see how we can help you achieve a smile you’ll be thrilled to share with the world.