Digital impressions or 3D intraoral scans are currently transforming the way dental restorations are being created for patients. These virtual scans are highly precise and accurate and allow patients to benefit from the best in dental technology.
At North Alabama Smiles in Arab, Alabama, we use the latest available technologies and innovations to provide the best dental care for our patients. Using digital impressions, we create virtual scans of the hard and soft tissues in the mouth. This enables our dentists to obtain highly accurate images of the patient’s tooth structure and gums and easily transfer them to dental labs for manufacturing custom dental restorations.
What Are Digital Impressions?
Digital impression technology captures precise measurements of the mouth, teeth, and gums using special scanning devices.
A digital impression is created based on a series of digital pictures or videos. These sets of images are processed by a special software and used to develop an exact illustration of your mouth.
What Are the Benefits of Digital Impressions?
Digital impressions provide several benefits, including:
3D scanning is much more comfortable than conventional impressions. Patients suffering from issues like sensitive gag reflex will have no trouble getting a digital impression as it does not involve any impression materials.
Digital impressions are highly accurate and have a very low margin for error. This means that the dental appliances manufactured based on these impressions will fit better in your mouth and will be more comfortable.
The cost of a digital impression is similar to that of a traditional mold, therefore patients do not need to worry about additional expenses.
How We Take Digital Impressions at North Alabama Smiles
First, we will isolate the area that requires an impression and then sprinkle the tooth/teeth with a special powder. Next, we will use a wand-like device to capture the required digital images.
This process takes between 30 seconds and 2 minutes based on the number of teeth that need to be captured. After taking the scans, we will send them to the dental lab for the fabrication of your customized restoration.
For more information on the benefits of digital impressions, contact our team at North Alabama Smiles by calling us at (256) 586-8100. You can also visit us at 55 Golf view Dr NE #5467, Arab, AL 35016.