Dental impressions are an important part of many dental procedures. With impressions, we can design indirect fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants, and so much more. Traditionally, impressions have been done using impression putty, a material that can be both messy and unreliable. At Mid Valley Dental, we have taken advantage of the latest dental technologies and take impressions of your mouth with digital impressions.
What are Digital Impressions?
For decades, the way dental impressions were taken required the use of an impression putty. This putty could be both messy as well as uncomfortable. It could cause patients to gag during the process, which could then lead to anxiety about the need for future impressions. Additionally, traditional impressions are not always completely accurate. Restorations created using these impressions may not fit properly, resulting in the need for multiple adjustments and several more impressions.
Today, we can address all of these issues and take accurate impressions using digital impression technology. Instead of impression putty, we use a handheld optical scanner. As the scanner passes through your mouth, it captures a digital scan of your teeth and gums. A 3D impression is then displayed almost instantly on the computer monitor. The whole process takes only a few minutes to complete.
How Can Digital Impressions Used?
Digital impressions may be taken for many reasons. Common reasons include:
Benefits of Digital Impressions
Digital impressions provide many significant benefits. These benefits include:
Digital impressions allow us the ability to take much more accurate impressions, providing you with accurate restorations in much less time. For more information on our digital impression technology, call Mid Valley Dental at (920) 215-4160 today.