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A case study on 3D-printed dentures

Creating low-cost, functional dentures using a digital workflow and in-house printer


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Learn how to use the digital workflow with in-house printing. In this case, by producing low-cost, interim dentures, both patient and doctor can find out in advance if the patient can tolerate the treatment.

The case in short:

Digital impressions

The conventional method of obtaining impressions is replaced by 3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanning.

Design & fabrication

The scan files are sent for design and fabrication. The designs are approved and printed in-office.

Trial placement

The denture base and teeth are printed separately in-office for an initial trial placement. After approval, they are sent to Core3D for definitive manufacturing.


The doctor evaluates the digital denture workflow and its time savings, fewer patient visits, and efficient collaboration with partner laboratories.

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About Dr. Valerie Cooper (McMillan)

Dr. Cooper is a private practice prosthodontist with a passion for dentures. She received her prosthodontics training and Master of Science in Dentistry at The Ohio State University in 2009, where she had also received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2006. Dr. Cooper is a member of the American College of Prosthodontics, American Dental Association, and serves on the board of directors for the Dayton Dental Society.


Products used in this case:
3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanner 
3Shape Dental System
3Shape Design Service (FullContour)

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