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Private clinic pioneers 3D denture technology

Private clinic pioneers 3D denture technology
A private clinic in Surrey has become the first in the country to use a three-dimensional approach to the fitting of dentures.

Traditional denture methods can result in badly fitting dentures, leading to discomfort and embarrassment for patients.

However, the 3D technique takes a mirror image impression of the gums, the way the tongue sits behind the teeth and the surrounding lips and cheeks.

This results in a better fitting denture that does not have a negative impact on the wearer's lifestyle.

Dr Justin Stewart, a member of the British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry and a dentist at the Denture Clinic in Surrey, commented: "Due to an ageing population, the total number of dentures needing to be made in the UK is increasing year on year.

"The benefit of a three-dimensional approach is that not only does the finished product reduce the amount of food particles that can be trapped under the wearer's palate, which can be painful and distressing, but most importantly the uniquely tailored fit can offer renewed self confidence."

More than 50 per cent of 55 to 64-year-olds wear dentures, according to the most recent survey from the British Dental Association.

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Dental News update: 04/09/2008