Digital Scanning of Impressions
If you have had an impression of a crown or any needed dental work that involved an impression, you know the awkwardness and messiness of having one taken. A mouth full of goop on a tray, you’re unable to swallow for about a minute or two so you drool… everywhere. Once taken out, you have the remnants in your mouth that you have to rinse and dig out. You have to peel some off of your face. Although most people see the humor in it while experiencing it, it’s not really fun.
We are thankful for advancements in dentistry as we are able to now offer you an intraoral digital scanning impression for multiple dental procedures that require an imprint. An intraoral scanner is a device that is used to capture a direct optical impression. The scanner projects a light source onto the area to be scanned. The images are captured by imaging sensors and are processed by scanning software, which then produces a three-dimensional surface model. This is communicated with the lab electronically and they are able to create the restoration from there. The digital scanner uses state-of-the-art laser technology that is not only extremely precise but also as safe as the check-out scanner at any local department or grocery store. Unlike traditional impressions that can be messy, awkward, and unpleasant a digital scan is clean, quick, and comfortable. Because it is so precise, when your crown is fabricated through this process, the appointment to have the crown put on often goes faster.
To inquire how this technology could benefit you, give us a call today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an additional cost with this procedure vs having a regular impression taken?
No, there is no additional fee.
I have a horrible gag reflex. Will this agitate that?
Because the process is typically faster than a traditional impression and you do not have a mouth full of material, which is usually what truly makes a gag reflex kick in. Patients are able to lay back and relax during a digital scan.