Have you ever had impressions taken at the dentist’s office? In years past, this could only be completed with messy, goopy dental material. This process is uncomfortable for most patients, especially for those with a sensitive gag reflex. Fortunately, advances in technology are eliminating the need for traditional impressions. Now, your dentist can acquire high-quality impressions using a handheld digital wand.
How Does it Work?
To take digital impressions, the clinician scans your mouth with a small handheld device. As the wand passes over your teeth, it captures thousands of images and sends them to a computer software program. The pictures are stitched together to create a 3-D virtual model of your dental anatomy. In most cases, this process can be completed in about 10 minutes.
Benefits of Digital Impressions
The most obvious advantage of digital impressions is that they are much more comfortable compared to their traditional counterparts. However, they offer many more benefits, too. For example, digital impressions are more accurate and deliver high- quality images. They are also faster because there is no need to clean up messy impression material once the procedure is complete. In addition, digital impressions are stored electronically, and images can be readily shared with the dental lab in a matter of moments. Therefore, you will not have to wait as long for the placement of custom restorations.
If you would like to know more about digital impressions or any of the other advanced technology used at Farian Dental Care, reach out to a team member at 440-526-9100.
by Dr. Zenon Farian, DDS
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Farian Dental Care
229 E. Wallings Rd., Suite 100
Broadview Hts., OH 44147
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