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If any of my dental technician colleagues had said when we were training, that software would make complicated denture making easy, they would have been mocked. No, not possible, will never happen...blah, blah, blah.

Well, the world has moved on considerably since then and our industry has changed irreversibly. Technology is an integral part of this evolution.

At Wellington Dentures we are always looking at new ways to do things to make our services more attractive to our customers, better, cheaper, more efficient and easier. This endless searching has payed off with our latest discovery:

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The world's first CAD/CAM Dentures

 
The simplified story is that a group of 'bright sparks' have addressed the problems we all struggle with in denture making.

 

You, the patient, needs to visit again and again, sometimes up to 10 times, to have your dentures made and adjusted.

 

Many patients (and maybe you are one of them) are either too time poor, or otherwise unable to find time for so many visits.

 

So you put up with that poorly fitting denture because you can't be bothered spending the time to fix the problem.

 

The problems worsen and eventually become nearly impossible to fix, at least in some cases.

From our perspective, it is important to get quality information at every appointment that is as accurate and useful as possible. This involves considerable skill, expertise, hand-eye co-ordination and patience. Generally speaking the longer the problem is delayed, the more difficult it is to fix.

We firmly believe that anything that can allow patients to have dentures at a more reasonable cost, in a quicker time-frame and reduce human error, is absolutely a positive development.


Here is a brief background to the development of CAD/CAM Dentures

 

In 2007, several dental professionals gathered together to find an answer to solve the above mentioned problems.

 

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The Australian Dental Prosthetists Association recently hosted its Biennial National Conference on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Australia has approximately 1,000 Clinical Dental Technicians (a.k.a. denture makers such as me). Consequently, it is a strong and vibrant industry with loads of activity.

 

 

Given that this event is the premier of its kind in Australasia (and possibly the world?) I had to attend

 

All the multinationals were well represented touting all the consumables and technology that are well recognised by industry players. It is important to know these guys support the industry but the companies that really get me excited are the innovators. Those clever people that have developed faster, better and unique solutions. The entrepreneur that takes an idea from the garage to become the market leader, deserves respect as these advancements drive competition and cost efficiency.

 

smiling couple showing new dentures

 

One trade stand in particular caught my attention as the idea was simple but special

 

Making a denture is a very time and labour intensive process that involves multiple appointments. This is one of the reasons that dentures are so expensive. However, the system I recently discovered at this conference reduces making a full upper and lower denture to a three appointment process.

 

 

This is a breakthrough

 

Never before has it been possible to create a functional product in so short a period of time.

 

Of-course, this solution is not possible for every patient and for every scenario

 

But, for patients whose budgets are limited or who are looking for a low cost denture to replace their existing full upper and lower set, then this solution could well be the way forward.

 

Here is how it works:

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Over the years we have seen a pattern emerging in New Zealand where holiday makers are visiting the beautiful country of Thailand for more than a holiday.

 

It has always been a popular tourist destination for many Kiwis but something else is happening which is interesting… and we think, alarming. As well as having a holiday and enjoying the food and beautiful beaches of Thailand people are also having their dental work and cosmetic surgery performed. A quick ‘nick and tuck’ with a few days recovery on the beach before returning home to New Zealand is now a very normal practice.

 

beach in thailand

 

I can't speak for medical procedures, but the team at Wellington Dentures have seen a number of dentures made in Thailand over the years. In every case the patient swore that this particular dentist came "highly recommended" by their travel agent.

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