BREAKING NEWS: Ellicott Mills Dental’s owner Dr. Kimberly Ford has taken the first step in offering a brand-new service to patients: Digital Dentures.
Dr. Ford recently attended a course hosted by Nick & George Diacoloukas of Friendship Dental Laboratories, Inc., where she learned about digital dentistry as a quicker, more effective alternative for taking patients’ teeth impressions. Ultimately, she plans to apply this knowledge to Ellicott Mills Dental’s service offerings – specifically for patients that need dentures.
How do digital impressions work?
Instead of using the traditional pasty, putty-like impression compound that many patients are familiar with, digital impressions are done by scanning the mouth and rendering a 3D design file that will later be used to create the dentures.
How are digital dentures made?
The teeth are designed using digital software that allows us to pay close attention to each individual tooth. If you have a photo of the way your teeth used to look, some softwares can even use that to help customize the style of your dentures.
The technology assess several spacing and cosmetic-related concerns and then the denture is created based on the resulting model.
How do they look compared to traditional dentures?
There’s no difference in appearance since they’re designed to resemble your natural teeth.
What if I break or loose my digital dentures?
Not to worry – since we will have taken your impression digitally, your file will be saved and easily accessible for us to create a replacement pair. That means skipping the hassle of taking your impression the old fashioned way again!
How long does the process take?
Originally, it would take between 6 and 7 appointments from determining you needed dentures to actually receiving and being able to use the final product. By switching to the digital process, the number of appointments necessary has been reduced to 3!
The Bottom Line: Digital Dentures are part of the future of dental technology. Keep an eye out for more information as we’ll soon be adding this quick and easy alternative to our many other service options here at Ellicott Mills Dental.