Digital Impressions

Man sitting at desk looking at a digital dental impression3D intraoral scanning, more commonly known as a digital impression, is modern dentistry’s preferred method in capturing a replica of a patient’s mouth. Utilizing the latest advancements in computer software, we at New England Orthodontic Specialists can create a virtual model of the hard and soft tissues that make up your mouth. Upon completion, this scan can be immediately sent to a lab responsible for constructing dentures, crowns, bridges, and retainers, ensuring quick & accurate manufacturing. Today, we’ll be walking you through the details and benefits of this remarkable innovation.

If you or a loved one are considering having a digital impression done and wish to set up an appointment with Diana Esshaki, DMD, MS or Neil Flückiger, DMD to discuss your options, please call (978) 922-3462 today.

How Does a Digital Impression Procedure Work?

The purpose of any digital scanning system is to capture an image of the patient’s tooth or teeth in preparation for treatment. For some digital systems, once the area we aim to treat is anesthetized and has been cleaned of saliva and blood, your teeth will be gently dusted with a specialty titanium dioxide powder. This helps to scan your arches and bite. Other systems allow the image to be created without needing the powder, resulting in a full 3-D impression of the teeth.

Typically, an intraoral wand is inserted into the patient’s mouth and then moved over the surface of your tooth or teeth. Most digital systems use a chairside monitor that displays an image during the process as well as a point-and-click feature, which requires the picture to be pieced together individually in order to create the final result. The time to capture an impression of prepared teeth is approximately one minute, while an impression of teeth in your mouth’s opposite arch takes only 45 seconds. As Diana Esshaki, DMD, MS or Neil Flückiger, DMD review the image in real-time, it can be enlarged and have details enhanced to make sure any mistakes onscreen are spotted and corrected before we send it to a lab.

Benefits of Digital Impressions

•  Less messy, goopy, and uncomfortable than traditional mold material. Patients with an easily triggered gag reflex or sensitive teeth can enjoy a more overall pleasant experience while the digital impression is taken.
•  Significant increase in productivity and convenience. We can email your image to the lab instead of sending a traditional impression or stone model through ordinary mail. When necessary, impressions can also be used to perform restorations while you’re already here, reducing the need to make multiple visits.
•  Superior accuracy. As said, the technology of digital systems ensures that every detail is captured on the monitor before sending delivering your image. Any inaccuracies can be fixed, and scans can be redone if necessary without you even needing to leave the chair. This drastically reduces restoration mistakes.
•  Shorter chair time.
•  Your impression can be digitally stored indefinitely, which not only saves space but also contributes to more reliable record keeping and makes for a paper-free environment.

Remember, if you or a loved one have any further questions about digital impressions and wish to schedule a visit, call us at (978) 922-3462.


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