One of the least enjoyable parts of undergoing any dental procedure was getting impressions taken. You remember this step, don’t you? The dentist coming out with a pair of half-moon trays and a selection of tubes of goo? Often these would have special flavors to make them less unpleasant. They really didn’t, though, and the trays themselves could rub on your gums and even made some patient’s gag. If experiences like this have made you avoid getting cosmetic dental work done, we’ve got good news for you.
How Digital Impressions Produce Superior Orthodontics
One thing that hasn’t changed is how important impressions are to getting dental work done. They’re the most effective way that your dentist is able to get a clear image of your oral concerns. They ensure that nothing remains hidden from their eye and that they’re able to effectively plan out any restoration or cosmetic procedures you need or want done. Unfortunately, these goopy trays weren’t perfect. They could still produce an inaccurate impression for any number of reasons. The most common being the patient trying to adjust their mouth to avoid the uncomfortable edges of the trays.
Thankfully, the need for those trays is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Modern imaging technologies make it possible to get crystal clear 3-D images of the entire inside of your oral cavity. Combined with CRCT imaging technology, your dentist is able to produce digital, 3D images of your entire orofacial area, inside and out. These images can then be viewed on a screen or even be printed out using a 3D printer. Even better, this type of ‘digital impression’ is exceedingly precise, resulting in a near-perfect recreation of your mouth. There’s no better way for your dentist to fully plan any cosmetic or restoration procedures you have ahead.
Digital imaging software and digital impressions bring an impressive range of benefits:
- Unparalleled accuracy in the produced images
- Fully true-to-life visualization of all aspects of your oral cavity
- Ultra-precise, high-detail 3D images
- No more messy, uncomfortable trays
- No foul-tasting goops and mediums
- Enhanced capability to plan procedures precisely
This list of benefits demonstrates why digital impressions are changing cosmetic and restoration dentistry. Even beyond these benefits, your dentist will be able to transmit your digital impression to any necessary specialists. Further, you can receive a digital copy of your records to carry with you. There’s never any fear of losing your records in transit. What more can you desire from a highly-precise imaging method that eliminates inconvenience and discomfort from the equation?
Consult With Your Dentist For More Information
Digital impressions are among the essential tools in planning a modern dental procedure. Whether you’re getting restoration work done or are recreating your smile with cosmetic dentistry, it starts here. They even improve your dentist’s ability to diagnose complex and hidden oral health concerns. No cavity can hide from the precise detail provided by digital imaging and digital impressions. Contact your dental specialist to find out more about how they use digital imaging and impressions in their practice.