What is a digital impression?

If you or anyone you know have undergone orthodontic treatment or had a denture made, you would have undergone the process of getting a dental impression taken. Traditionally, dental impressions are taken with the help of a putty-like material which is loaded onto a tray shaped like your jawbone. This method is messy and can instill fear. In addition, traditional impressions get really difficult for patients with a strong gag reflex. Traditional impressions can come out faulty and have to be repeated, which can be a horrifying ordeal. However, thanks to advancements in dental technologies, long gone are the days when you have to get your mouth stuffed with putty for dental treatment. 

In today’s time and age, we can now take a digital impression of your upper and lower teeth and jaw. Digital impression or 3D intraoral scanning is gaining immense popularity as it is comfortable for the patient. In addition, it is precise and reproducible, so one-time sitting is all that is required. Digital impressions have almost eliminated the need for traditional impressions. 

In 3D intraoral scanning, a handheld device is used which scans your mouth and projects the collected image on the computer screen. These impressions are 3D and can be rotated and twisted, which allows your dentist to examine your oral cavity in all directions precisely. The measurements are also computer-assisted and more accurate. 

Digital impressions can be used for orthodontic treatment like braces and aligners, as well as for crowns, bridges, dentures, etc. 

If the fear of putty dental impressions has been keeping you away from visiting our dental office, then put your worries and schedule a visit at Wilmington Orthodontic Center today. Our team of excellent dental professionals is here to assist you and your family with a comfortable dental experience. 

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