Getting orthodontic work requires us to understand what we are working with inside your mouth. Not only do we need to know the exact shape of the tooth that we are repairing, but we also need to know the surrounding area, as well. In the past, getting dental work required for taking traditional dental impressions. This was often a messy ordeal, using unpleasant tasting molds and often required waiting to hear back from our lab to cast the restoration from the impression.
While conventional impressions served their purpose before the introduction of digital impressions, we here at Tieken Smiles Dentistry strongly prefer digital impressions for the myriad of benefits that they provide to both our patient and us.
What are Digital Impressions and What Makes them Superior?
Many dental procedures require us to take an impression of your mouth before we can begin the manufacturing of the restoration. Whether we are making a crown, a veneer, or even a dental implant, impressions are a necessary part of completing this procedure.
Before the introduction of digital impressions, we would have to struggle to get a good impression of your mouth. It typically required using a stock tray, then filling it with the material that we would use to make your impression. Timing it was delicate and easily prone to error. Then our patients would have to patiently wait with this tray in their mouth before we could remove it. It was not an enjoyable experience for our patients, which is why we now use digital impressions at our office.
A digital dental impression is vastly superior over traditional dental impressions in many ways. Not only is it more comfortable and easier for our patients, but it is also quicker, easier, and more accurate, too! Unlike traditional dental impressions, we can get a three-dimensional image of your entire mouth, allowing us to see all essential surfaces.
Another fantastic benefit of digital dental impressions is that they provide us with improved accuracy when we do make your dental appliance, reducing the risk of errors that may otherwise occur. Digital impressions do not work in “negative” space, so if we do catch any issues with the impression, we will be able to intercept it before your restoration is made.
Why They Are Better?
Getting a digital dental impression is both safe and fast. We can capture hundreds of images of the inside of your mouth in as little as a minute and a half with our Cone Beam imaging device. It is highly accurate, giving us an immediate view of your dental impression. Once we have the digital impression, we can zoom in on areas that we want to inspect more closely, or even adjust the brightness or contrast of the impression. We will also be able to save a copy of your digital impression in your chart, reducing the risk of your impression becoming lost.
A digital dental impression can help us better serve you by giving you reduced wait time, less discomfort, and more ease and comfort during your appointment. To learn more about digital dental impressions and how we use this new technology in our office, or to set up an appointment with us here at Tieken Smiles Dentistry, please give us a call today at (281) 942-0444!