Traditional Dental Impressions
Almost everyone has had a traditional dental impression taken on a dental visit. Just to recap, a goopy mess called silicone putty fills an impression tray which is then placed in your mouth for you to bite down on and hold there for several minutes.
There are several reasons you may receive a dental impression. They are used when getting partial/full dentures, new crowns, and creating mouthguards. It is easier to say you will need one when having any oral appliance fabricated to fit specifically in your mouth. They are also used in locating abnormalities or problem areas.
Digital oral scanners (also known as intraoral scanners) are a spectacular innovation for taking impressions that drastically minimize the discomfort and time associated with dental impressions. Instead of silicone putty, a small, handheld device is used to render accurate 2D and 3D images of a patient’s teeth onto a monitor. The device can easily be maneuvered by the user to create clear-views of hard to reach areas. This completely eliminates the messy, uncomfortable, and time-consuming traditional dental impressions.
We are excited to now offer this service at Precision Implant and Oral Surgery. There are many benefits to adding this technology to our practice, but we will focus on three main points you can expect to see as we use this scanner in partnership with your restorative dentist.
When getting an implant, the standard process has been:
- 4-6 months after surgery, the patient returns to our office for a final check appointment where Dr. Bulloch makes sure everything healed correctly and fully.
- Patient goes to their general dentist’s office for an impression appointment. The impression is sent to a dental lab to fabricate prosthesis’.
- Patient again returns to their general dentist’s office for placement of final prosthesis.
With the addition of this digital scanner to our office, we are now able to take the scan quickly and without mess during your final check appointment. The information from the dental scan will be sent to your dentist as well as the dental labs fabricating your crown. This means you will only need to visit your dentist’s office once instead of twice.
The intraoral scan provides unmatched detail. The information from the scan is sent directly to the dental lab that will create your final prosthesis. This component created is highly specific to your mouth. That prosthesis is put into place by your restorative dentist. Once complete, it will look and feel like a natural tooth.
We are proud to bring the latest technology into our practice to better serve our patients! We make sure each patients’ experience is extraordinary. For any questions or to schedule your consultation, call our office today! (435) 652-1445