Digital Dental Impressions

Digital Dental Impressions 2017-05-10T14:12:36+00:00

Digital Dental Impressions

The way dental practices are evolving is unbelievable. Previously, whenever a patient needed a dental crown, it required a mold to be made by taking an impression of your teeth. The dentist had to use a tray filled with a putty like material to make a three dimensional model of the teeth. A dental lab technician would then construct a new crown, using this mold.

However, this traditional method is now being replaced with virtual models, which are made using small, handheld “wands” using digital camera and some reflective dust.

How It Works?

The initial restoration phase of preparing the tooth surface remains the same virtually. First, dental decay is removed, and the tooth is shaped to properly fit the crown or filling. This allows the tooth to be restored to its original shape and function. Next, a reflective material is used to lightly dust the area to enable recording to multiple images with a small scanning wand. Later, the wand is connected to the computer and the separate images are used to create a 3D image.

This incredible tool precisely captures the nooks and crannies of your tooth’s surface to convert it to a highly accurate 3D model, by using blue wavelength light. This enables instantaneous examination of your tooth and bite. Any additional prep work or additional changes required for new crowns, veneers, and fillings are also identified there and then.

Once the image is captured, it is sent to the lab for fabrication. This technique facilitates the creation of a crown or filling which can often be completed during a single dental office visit.

How Can This Technology Benefit You?

  • You can wave goodbye to the anxiety experienced with traditional dental impression materials.
  • It provides an immediate assessment of proper tooth preparation and restoration.
  • Digital dental impressions are ideal for new crowns, veneers, and filling for teeth, often achievable in one visit.
  • It takes less time than other traditional dental impression methods.