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April 2015
Volume 6, Issue 1

Time-Saving Technology with High-Quality Results


B. J. Kowalski

President, ROE Dental Laboratory | Cleveland, OH

Key Takeaways

The 3D rendering of the denture serves as a permanent digital record

The manufacturer of the digital denture system can relieve the dental laboratory of the burden of creating the denture

With digital dentures, try-in and virtual evaluation steps may
be optional

While all of us at ROE Dental Laboratory are proud of our 90-year history, we are even more excited about our future. This is why we enthusiastically embrace new technology such as digital production. Our reputation has led to our being asked to test numerous digital systems, including the new Pala® Digital Denture system from Heraeus Kulzer.

This highly advanced technology uses CAD and 3D software to model dentures for a great fit with great esthetics that you can deliver to your dental customers in a fraction of the time required by conventional systems.

We have used the Pala Digital Denture system on 12 cases thus far, and I can tell you that it is an exciting technology that creates a high-quality, well-polished appliance and offers the potential to be a timesaver for laboratories, dental practices, and patients alike.

The beauty of this technology is that it shows the final tooth position in the prototype for approval, so the bite registration and vertical dimension are approved upfront. Another advantage of the Pala Digital Denture System is that it uses Pala denture teeth, which are specifically made with and for CAD/CAM technology. Our laboratory has been a big advocate of Pala teeth for many years.

The final denture made with the Pala Digital Denture system looks—in my experience, at least—better than other digital systems’ dentures and as good as conventional dentures. Moreover, the entire process currently takes about 10 days.

From the Dentist

“Reducing chair time is what it’s all about—for both my practice and my patients—and the Pala Digital Denture System certainly delivers on that count. It also delivers the accuracy and predictability that only CAD/CAM technology can provide, plus I love having the ability to make a replica of the denture using the digital record. On top of all that, you can take advantage of this impressive technology without having to invest in a new piece of equipment.”

David Little, DDS
Private Practice
San Antonio, Texas

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