A digital workflow to assess the soft tissue dimensional changes in completely edentulous patients is described. Diagnostic casts obtained at 2 time points and the complete denture were scanned by using a desktop scanner. The denture scan was inverted by using a metrology software program to obtain the soft tissue contour. Using this reversed file as a reference, the file and 2 scan files obtained at different time points were aligned individually with the best fit alignment function. The scanned denture file and the 2 realigned scan files were imported into the same software. A plane vertical to the occlusal plane was determined such that it moved anteroposteriorly. The distance between the contours of the 2 realigned files was measured by selecting a point and a vector based on the artificial tooth positions of the denture. This technique of using a reversed denture file may provide a quantitative evaluation of soft tissue changes and further aid in determining appropriate intervals for denture relining or rebasing.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Oral Surgery