Did you know that 50 million sets of dentures are produced across the world every year?
One in every 100 sets are now 3D printed… and this number is growing year on year! In fact, it is estimated that up to 40% of dentures will be made using 3D printing in the not too distant future.
If you need dentures for the first time, or your old pair of dentures are looking a little worse for wear, you may be interested in 3D dentures, but a little worried about how safe or secure they are. Don’t worry… 3D dentures are not only safe but long-lasting and extremely comfortable too!
Here is our short guide to explain how we will work with you to create your first pair of 3D dentures. If you would like to know more about the process or arrange a free consultation with our dental team, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at our Airdrie Denture Clinic!
1. We take your measurements
The first step of creating your bespoke set of 3D dentures is taking your measurements.
We start by taking a mould of your mouth, as we would with a traditional set of dentures. With traditional dentures, we would then have our in house dental technologist create your dentures, but we can use this mould to create your brand-new dentures digitally instead!
2. We create your dentures
We place the impression of your mouth in our innovative 3D scanner, which creates a digital model of your mouth in seconds! We double-check the model for accuracy and then add the teeth which best match your mouth and face. We then download the file which will be used in our 3D printer.
We then upload this file into our onsite 3D printer, and it gets to work creating your brand new dentures from a block resin. Resin is an excellent material to make dentures from as it is hard-wearing and extremely safe.
The finished dentures are cleaned and trimmed, and the base and teeth are attached together securely, ensuring that you will be able to smile with complete confidence!
3. You’re ready to pick up your dentures!
Your brand new set of 3D dentures are now ready to wear! Once you have come back into the office to pick them up, we will help you try them to make sure the fit is just right, and then they are ready to take home with you!
The great thing is that we now have your measurements on file, so if you damage or lose your dentures, we can 3D print another set for you without you even having to come into the office.
If you’re thinking about getting your first pair of dentures, or you’re looking to replace your existing pair, we recommend getting a pair of our innovative 3D dentures
You may be asking, what are 3D dentures? 3D dentures (also known as digital dentures) are 3D printed dentures, created digitally using the state-of-the-art 3D scanning and printing machine that we have onsite.
It’s a brand-new technology that we’re delighted to offer our all of patients as part of the comprehensive range of denture services we provide.
Now, you may be wondering what the benefits of 3D dentures are, especially if you are used to wearing traditional dentures. Here are some of the benefits of 3D dentures, and why you should consider them.
3D dentures last longer than traditional dentures
Traditional dentures are typically made of acrylic or plastic, which can wear down and distort over time. They usually need to be replaced between every five to seven years. Our 3D dentures are made out of resin, which lasts a lot longer, is a lot more hard-wearing and a lot more comfortable.
3D dentures don’t take as long to make
With traditional dentures, you have to sit through several appointments while your new dentures are moulded, designed and fitted. It’s a frustrating process, especially if your dentures don’t fit as well as they should first time around.
With 3D dentures, the process is much more straightforward; we take a cast of your mouth, scan it using our in-house scanner and print your dentures on our 3D printer. No more having to wait weeks for your dentures or come back to the surgery for arduous adjustments.
3D dentures provide a better fit
Traditional dentures are made by pouring acrylic into a mould of your mouth, meaning that the fit is not always 100% accurate.
With 3D dentures, we scan your mouth using our innovative 3D scanner. We work out how far apart your teeth need to be and how they need to align when you bite down to create the perfect fit. This makes for an incredibly comfortable, close-fitting set of dentures that look and feel incredibly natural.
It’s easier to create a replacement with 3D dentures
We’re all aware of the long and frustrating wait when we break, chip or lose our dentures and need to book multiple appointments at the office so a new set of dentures can be made.
With 3D dentures, we already have your settings on file so we can quickly make you a brand-new pair, meaning that you don’t have to put your life on hold while you wait. All you need to do is come in and pick your brand new dentures up!
Whether you need a full set of dentures or a partial set of dentures, our high-quality 3D printed dentures will look fantastic and fit perfectly; ensuring you can smile with complete confidence.
If you’d like to know more or organize a free consultation with our team, please get in touch today at our denture clinic Airdrie.
The first 3D printer was invented in 1983, and since then 3D printing has been used to create a variety of different items including toys, musical instruments… even body parts!
A 3D printer works in a similar way to a standard printer that uses ink and paper. You upload something called a CAD file to the printer, and it generates thin layers of plastic in a specific sequence to build a 3D model of the file you told it to create. If you have the right file, you can create anything you want!
3D printers can now be used to create dentures, making it easier and quicker than ever before to replace missing teeth. We are proud to offer 3D dentures as part of the full range of dental services in Airdrie that we provide our customers, using our very own in-house printer, scanner and specialist design software.
So, what are the differences between 3D dentures and traditional dentures? This short guide will help you to understand the critical differences between them.
3D dentures are quicker and easier to make: Traditional dentures take several sessions to mould, design and fit, meaning that if you have broken dentures, you may have a long wait ahead of you. With 3D dentures, there are less invasive fitting sessions, and your brand-new dentures are ready to wear in a matter of days.
Plus, the bonus is that if you break or lose your 3D dentures, we can pull up your original scans and create your dentures again, meaning that you do not have to come into the office to have your measurements retaken!
3D dentures fit better: As our digital scanner catches all the details in your mouth in a matter of seconds, the fit you get with 3D dentures is much more accurate than the one you get with traditional dentures.
3D dentures can be customised more: When we create the 3D model of your mouth, we can select a variety of different teeth types to suit your aesthetic. This gives you the perfect set of dentures to match your mouth and face shape, giving you more confidence in your brand-new smile.
3D dentures are much more durable: Traditional dentures are prone to wear and tear in your mouth and will eventually crack, fade and chip. 3D dentures last a lot longer, saving you money and ensuring that you can eat hard or chewy food with complete confidence.
If you would like to know more about our 3D dentures or arrange a free consultation with our dental team, please do not hesitate to get in touch!
Do you feel like your denture teeth are stained or discoloured and you want to whiten them? Are you considering whitening your natural teeth, but you have dentures?
The main question is, can denture teeth be whitened? In short NO. Denture teeth can have superficial surface staining that can be cleaned or polished to whiten but the actual denture teeth themselves can not be whitened. Denture teeth are different than natural teeth and do not respond to whitening kits, whitening solutions or whitening toothpaste. Denture teeth are made of acrylic that is composed of a set shade and that shade can not be altered or changed. You can damage or weaken the denture teeth with teeth whitening chemicals. Depending on the quality of denture teeth in your denture there may be deep staining or discolouration because of porosity, but usually higher quality teeth are less inclined to discolour or stain. If, this is true, then why are there many videos and blogs online that say you can white denture teeth?
The staining that is seen on your dentures are usually superficial, a build-up of biofilm, plaque and calculus can coat your denture teeth and discolour making it seem like your teeth are stained. If proper cleaning is done staining should not occur because there would be no chance for staining to develop. Dentures need to be professionally cleaned when the staining does not come off from your daily brushing. A simple professional polish can make your denture seem like new. Bring them to your denturist to see if this is possible.
What if you are planning to get a new single upper denture and your natural teeth are stained? You should get your natural teeth cleaned with your dentist first, then whiten your natural teeth to the shade you want them to be before getting dentures to match. When getting dentures, tooth shades are usually matched to your natural teeth. If you plan on getting whiter teeth before whitening your natural teeth, the natural teeth may not whiten to the denture shade. The different shades between your denture teeth and natural teeth may not look ideal aesthetically. Once the denture teeth are chosen and set, they cannot be changed or whitened unless you get a new denture made. Therefore, it is recommended to get your natural teeth to the shade you want before investing in dentures. If you are getting complete dentures without natural teeth, you can choose any shade you like.
DO’s and DON’T’s
There are a lot of recommendations for denture whitening online, here are some of our recommendations at Woodside Denture Centre.
- Scrub your dentures with Whitening Toothpaste
- It does not work; it will not whiten the denture teeth and it will wear down your dentures quicker because toothpaste contains abrasives which can also scratch the denture creating more build-up and actually increase staining.
- Soak your denture in Bleach
- Bleach can damage or weaken the acrylic of your dentures and teeth. Some sources tell you to dilute it, but we recommend staying away from it all together especially if you have a soft or temporary liner.
- Bleach also does not penetrate biofilm or break down calculus build up.
- The denture will soak up the bleach which can cause chemical burns to the gums.
- Do not try to whiten your dentures with teeth whitening products, it will not work.
- Properly clean your dentures daily to prevent build-up and staining
- Use low abrasive cleaners and a soft-bristle toothbrush, but do not scrub too hard
- Soak dentures in Denture specific cleaners
- Always brush first before soaking overnight, just soaking it will not penetrate through the biofilm build-up.
- There are commercial grade denture cleaners like “Nu-dent” which are great for more serious staining and build-up without harming your dentures. These cleaners can usually be purchased at or through your denture clinic. Not recommended for soft or temporary liners.
- For a more natural overnight soaking approach
- Use white vinegar or baking soda, this can loosen up the stained plaque making it easier to brush off.
- For baking soda, 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda and enough warm water to fully immerse the dentures.
- Always brush first before you soak your dentures
- Get your dentures professionally cleaned and polished
- This can make your dentures like new again. Having smooth surfaces will minimize build-up on dentures.
Have you considered getting your dental implants outside of North America? The idea can be quite enticing, a nice vacation, cheap pricing for dental work, dentures and dental implants. Those may be some good reasons to cross the borders to get dental work done, but here are some reasons why you should think twice. There are some people who are lucky and encounter no issues with their dental work, but there are many people who are not as lucky. There are many people who come home from their trip to find problems with their dentures or dental implants. If you have the finances, go back to where you got the work done to enjoy another vacation is nice and hopefully, they can fix the problem. If they can not address and fix the problem that visit, it may cost you multiple trips. If finances are not in your favor and you are having issues with your dental work, you may try seeing a local Denturist or Dentist to fix your issues. At that point, it can get complicated if you need to see a local dental practitioner to fix certain issues.
When presenting dental implants, dental work or dentures issues from another country to a local Denturist or Dentist, the problem arises if no one here wants to deal with it. The reason for this is that dental professionals may not know where to begin fixing an issue depending on the severity. When getting work done in a different country the issues are:
- Unknown Infection prevention & control standards
- Lack of information from procedures done
- Complications during procedures
- Unknown quality control standards
- Types of materials used may vary greatly from North America
- Types and Brands of implants may be unknown or may not be accessible in North America
- Improper placement of implants
- Dentures could be poorly fabricated
Getting dental work out of the country may save you some money if you are lucky, but in the end, you may spend more money trying to fix issues. Problems without of country dentures and implants are more common than you may think. If you are considering getting dental work done from out of the country, make sure you think twice and stay with a local specialist.
Keeping Dentures in or Taking Dentures Out?
As a recommendation, dentures should always be taken out when going to sleep. Though this may be true, sleeping with dentures out may not be for everyone. This information is intended to help you decide whether you should sleep with them out or why you may need to keep them in.
- Like all soft tissue in our body circulation is vital for health. If your denture is in all the time, circulation is restricted. When circulation is restricted, fresh blood with nutrients & oxygen are restricted which can cause gum irritation and accelerate ridge resorption.
- Imagine a long day wearing your socks. When you take them off you can see the grooves on your ankle. The socks restrict circulation just like your dentures do in your mouth.
- Sleeping with them out allows your gums to breathe while replenishing blood flow and nutrients overnight.
- The saliva sitting underneath your dentures all night creates the perfect environment for bacteria to harbor
- The Bacteria can cause gum irritation and halitosis (bad breath)
- Studies have shown the elderly population with poor oral hygiene who sleep with dentures in have a higher risk of pneumonia
- Studies have shown that wearing dentures to sleep can increase cases of sleep apnea.
- Clenching or Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
- Clenching and grinding while wearing your dentures to sleep can be very hard on your teeth, dentures and your gums underneath. This causes accelerated wear to teeth and gums and increases the possibility of breaking your denture.
- Sleeping with dentures out can help or hinder your jaw, so if sleeping with your dentures reduces the pain in your jaw be sure to look into a mouth guard to protect your dentures
- Clenching and Grinding can also be from a denture that is loose or too worn down. Your mouth will clench to keep dentures in place.
- How Dentures Fit
- Dentures fitting too Tight can cause gum irritation, sore spots, inflammation and lack of circulation resulting in bone loss
- Dentures fitting too Loose can cause movement in dentures resulting in gum irritation, sore spots, clenching, and denture breakage. The rubbing of dentures can cause accelerated bone loss
If you decide to sleep with your dentures in, here are some tips to keep your mouth and gums healthy.
- Oral hygiene is very important, make sure you clean your dentures properly before you go to bed and in the morning.
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush for your gums.
- Use alcohol free mouthwash with a soft bristle toothbrush and lightly brush and massage your gums. This will clean and help to promote circulation to your gums
- If the soft bristle brush is too abrasive or it tickles too much, use a warm wet face cloth and your finger to clean and massage your gums.
- Have a set time at night where you can take your dentures out at night before bed so you have some time for the gums to rest.
- Does not need to be at night time, a more accommodating time throughout the day works as well.
- As long as you can make time to let your gums rest anytime works.
- Assess your mouth and gums on a regular basis;
- Do your gums seem to be more red than usual when you take your dentures out?
- Are your gums looking or feeling irritated?
- Constantly getting sore spots?
- Are your gums looking puffy or swollen?
- Is your jaw tired or sore in the morning when you wake up?
- Consider investing in a mouth guard to protect your dentures at night, especially if you have a tendency to clench or grind.
- Keep up with your yearly oral exam yearly and recommended scheduled relines usually every 2 years
- If your dentures are worn down and loose, it may be time to look into a new set of dentures.
- The recommended replacement is every 5 – 7 years