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A dental impression is a precise replica of a person's teeth. Traditionally, this is accomplished by creating an impression of the teeth with one of many different casting materials, which may subsequently be used to generate a replica.
Due to technological improvements, dentists can now use optical scanning instruments to create virtual impressions of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Digital dental impressions are used in various dental procedures, including restorative dentistry (crowns, bridges, and veneers), orthodontics (Invisalign and other clear aligner treatments), and Implant dentistry.
Improved Patient Experience: Traditional impressions often involve the use of trays with impression materials that must be placed in the patient's mouth. Some individuals, particularly those with sensitive gag reflexes, may experience discomfort due to this procedure. Digital impressions eliminate the need for these uncomfortable trays and materials, making the process more comfortable for patients.
Precision and Accuracy: These digital impressions are incredibly accurate and can be obtained in minutes without causing any discomfort to the patient. This high degree of accuracy eliminates the possibility of human error and distortions that might arise when using standard impression materials.
Quick Turnaround Time: Time is a crucial resource in any dental practice. Digital impression systems have transformed the efficiency of the impression process. Capturing a digital impression is a simple procedure that takes a few minutes to complete. The digital image is instantly available for examination and can be electronically forwarded to dental laboratories or experts. This swift turnaround speeds up the treatment process, reducing patient chair time and allowing for faster restorations.
There are two forms of digital dental impressions: image-based, which involves capturing a series of digital images, and video-based, which records a digital video. Laser scanning uses focused beams of light to capture the teeth and gums in fine detail without the need for any unpleasant substance in the patient's mouth.
Alternatively, digital optical scanners require a specific spray on the teeth to capture accurate detail. Both solutions are safe and quite accurate. An intraoral wand is typically placed in the patient's mouth to perform the scan. Once the scan is complete, the digital impression is transmitted to a dental CAD/CAM system for further processing and fabrication.
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