Digital Dentistry Impressions
If you have ever had the displeasure of having impressions of your teeth taken with traditional alginate products, you will appreciate digital dentistry impressions. The field of cosmetic dentistry is constantly advancing and improving technology, materials and methods. Digital dentistry impressions are a game-changing advancement that benefits patients and dentists.
Digital impressions use technology to build computer-generated “impressions” of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Optical scanning devices such as lasers are used to capture all the features of the teeth, gums and other tissues. This data results in an accurate virtual replica, which is then transferred to a computer that builds the restorations.
Currently, there are two types of digital impression technology. One type uses an optical scanner to capture digital photographs, which the lab uses to create the restoration. The other type uses video to capture the images. Either digital scanning or lasers are used to create the photographs or video. Both technologies are safe and highly accurate.
Traditional vs. Digital Impressions
Traditional impressions involve using alginate or some other molding material to take an impression of the teeth and soft tissues. The material is put into a tray, inserted into the patient’s mouth and held until set. This usually takes a few minutes. This method of taking impressions can be challenging for patients with sensitive gag reflexes or TMJ issues. It can also be painful if the tray rubs against the soft tissues and causes irritation.
While many dental offices still use traditional impressions, at Envision Dental, we prefer to use the cutting-edge technology of digital impressions for the convenience and comfort of our patients. Digital impressions avoid the mess and discomfort of traditional impression materials. Other advantages of digital impressions include:
- Less time in the dental chair
- Accuracy in the impression image
- Patient comfort
- Smaller margin for errors in the impression
- Patients can see the impression on the computer screen
- Eco-friendly procedure eliminates the need for plastic trays and impression materials
Digital dental impressions make the restoration process easier for patients and the dental team. Our dental team has been trained to provide excellent service using digital technology for your convenience and comfort. Contact us today to schedule your appointment for more information about our processes for restoring missing teeth. You deserve a beautiful, healthy smile, and we can help.