A dental impression is necessary for the creation of dentures, veneers, & crowns. This usually involves pressing a soft, gooey material around the teeth and gums, & allowing the material to harden. Then, a “cast” is custom-made to fit the patient’s restoration. Traditionally, getting dental impressions can be an uncomfortable and
Even after all that hassle, there is still a significant chance of error. The slightest of movements from the patient can cause the impression to be marred, and the process must begin all over again.
Some patients have difficulty with their gag reflex in having impressions taken. If the patient makes slight movements which are undetectable to the person taking the impression, this could result in errors in the mold. At times, a dentist may have to resort to guesswork, or ask the patient to return for a new impression. Errors can also occur due to other reasons, such as damage in the shipping process, or excessive temperatures.
However, recent breakthroughs in dental technology allow us to totally toss this method aside using a much less invasive and more efficient way. It’s called digital impressions!
Midtown Dentistry – Dr. Jonathan Penchas & Associates – has moved forward to take advantage of improvements in technology. Whenever possible, Midtown Dentistry takes Digital Impressions with a state-of-the-art 3M Digital Scanner.
3M’s “3D-in-motion” video technology captures a true replica of oral anatomy in extraordinary detail. This technology enables Midtown Dentistry to take a full range of 3D digital scans – from a single tooth, an entire quadrant of teeth, to a full-arch, while maintaining exacting accuracy.
Digital impressions capture much greater detail than traditional impressions. This information can be sent digitally, directly to the dental laboratory. This results in faster turnaround time and a more accurate fit for the patient. In fact, 99.84% of restorations made from a 3M digital scanner are able to be placed in the subsequent visit.
Digital technology offers an educational experience for the patient as well. Since they can see the actual 3-dimensional surface of their teeth, they can understand and view conditions like decay, broken teeth, and missing fillings, giving patients a deeper understanding of their oral health.
Digital impressions are much easier to take than traditional impressions. These are taken with extremely accurate lasers of concentrated light. The best part about this feature is that it eliminates the need for uncomfortable impression material to be held in the patient’s mouth.
The most invasive part of digital impressions is having a special powder sprayed over your teeth to ensure your teeth are scanned properly. This eliminates the need to hold the material at different angles, cutting down the total time to less than seven minutes.
Digital impressions can also be stored within a patient’s digital files. This make records easier to keep, and reduces plastic pollution in the environment.
Digital impressions are faster, easier, and more efficient than conventional impressions. Any faults or blanks can be repaired digitally without further scanning, and anomalies can be inspected with advanced imaging software.
3 dimensional models can be enlarged or enhanced in detail. This helps ensure that no errors occur during in planning and implementing your dental work. This software can be used to plan out dental work such as implants or crowns, and is even capable of identifying where dental work may be needed.
At times, traditional impressions are necessary due to requirements by certain dental laboratories. But whenever possible, Midtown Dentistry uses digital impressions.
The bottom line is that Midtown Dentistry provides superior care for their patients by investing in dental technology.