When you have a dental problem, you need a fast solution. One of the worst things about getting a dental restoration is the time it takes to have them completed thanks to traditional dental impressions.
Thankfully, with the advancements of modern dentistry, your dentist in Concord is able to provide better, more efficient restoration experiences with the help of digital impressions! Learn more about them here.
Comparing Digital vs. Traditional Impressions
Digital dentistry is improving the way dentists complete just about everything. From taking and storing X-rays for better patient tracking to creating 3D models of your teeth and oral structures, the dental experience is taking leaps and bounds in the right direction. When it comes to dental restorations, digital impressions offer a faster, more accurate, and more comfortable alternative compared to the traditional method.
Traditional impressions created with cement require you to bite down into a gooey tray for several minutes, imprinting every crevice of your teeth for the most accurate, personalized restoration. Although this process is tried and true, it is an uncomfortable process for just about everybody, and patients with very sensitive gag reflexes may find it just about impossible to bite down for that long—after all, impression materials aren’t the tastiest substances.
Due to patient movement from discomfort, the resulting impression may have small, but still critical inaccuracies. They can even become damaged in storage, requiring additional impressions to be made later on.
Digital scanning greatly improves the process for better overall treatment planning and execution. With this modern method, images are captured using a small tool that your dentist or hygienist moves over your teeth and oral structures. Information is transmitted to the computerized software, allowing your dentist to observe high-quality images of your whole mouth—especially the affected area.
When Do Dentists Use Digital Scanning?
Your dentist may use digital scanning in the treatment planning stages of a number of services. If you need an orthodontic treatment, like traditional braces, Invisalign clear braces, or a retainer, digital impressions can help you receive the care you need. Digital impressions are also taken before many restorative procedures, like dental crowns, bridges, inlays, or onlays, to help make sure that the new restoration fits your teeth perfectly for a long-lasting solution.
Reap the Benefits of Digital Impressions
- Completed within minutes
- No gagging
- Easy to store
- More accurate than traditional impressions
- Increase patient-dentist communication
- Improve treatment planning
When you visit a dentist who makes use of the latest technology, you are setting yourself up dental care that will last for years to come.
About Our Office
For over 100 years now, Generations Dental Care has been serving our local community with high-quality dental care. As the years pass, we strive to stay up to date with the latest practices and technology to provide the best dental experiences possible. Feel free to call us today to schedule your next appointment.