“[The tooth portion of the 3D printed denture] is monochromatic, which is one of the limitations we have with digital dentures,” Garine explains, noting that adding color to the denture teeth to make the denture appear more natural adds to the restoration cost. Dentures milled using newer Ivoclar monolithic pucks, on the other hand, come out seamless and stronger in approximately two hours—about half the time the process took using materials that had to be bonded together.
Though there may be limitations to face scanning apps and 3D printing, and milling right now, Garine says he has the utmost confidence that the tools available to dentists will only become more precise.
“It’s not perfect,” says Garine. “But it’s an evolving technology that will get better with time.”
Photos provided by Eric Kukucka, DD from The Denture Center in Canada www.thedenturecenter.ca