Customizing Clinical Protocols for Fabrication of Digital Complete Dentures
EVANGELIA LAMPRAKI, Evangelos Rossopoulos, Konstantinos Chochlidakis, Carlo Ercoli
Eastman Institute for Oral Health, University of Rochester, 625 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
Computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology was recently introduced to Removable Prosthodontics. Digital denture systems have increased, and both private practitioners and Universities are using this technology.
The effective adaptation of the digital denture systems and incorporation in clinical practice can become a cost effective and time efficient procedure for the clinicians. Reported advantages of such systems include: reduced number of clinical appointments and total treatment time, reduced costs, decreased residual free monomer, absence of polymerization shrinkage resulting in improved fit, less porosity, decreased Candida Albicans retention, easy re-fabrication (duplication or replacement of lost dentures) from stored digital data and increased patient satisfaction.
Customizing the existing clinical protocols to each patient’s individual needs and condition, could further enhance the treatment outcome and success of the prosthesis. Additional reduction of the total treatment time, material usage and costs could also be achieved.
The purpose of this poster is to introduce new alternative customized clinical protocols for the fabrication of complete dentures using digital technology.