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Digital Impressions

Digital Impressions – Diagnostic and Restoration Imaging – Houston, TX

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Overview

We will be the first to admit: the physical methods of making impressions were not ideal. Traditionally, you would have to sit as still as possible with a mouthful of putty for several minutes while a mold of your mouth was imprinted, and all for a simple plaster casting of your mouth. This type of impression is a thing of the past at the Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry thanks to digital impressions.

Digital impressions employ lasers and other optical scanning devices to render an in-depth, accurate depiction of your mouth straight to our computer screen for viewing. The payoff? More productivity, efficiency, and accuracy from us, and more comfort and less time in the dental chair for you. These are all great reasons to smile. Call and schedule a consultation if you would like to learn more about our digital imaging at our Houston or The Woodlands, TX dental practices.

Process

Preparation begins with the selected area of your mouth being cleaned. Depending on which system is employed, your teeth may need to be brushed with a specially formulated titanium dioxide powder. From there, we insert an intraoral wand into your mouth to begin capturing the data. Simultaneously, the data is rendered as an image onto the monitor. As the impression is reviewed in real-time, we can find and correct any mistakes with the data before it’s sent to our dental laboratory. As this is a better blueprint of your mouth, we can more accurately custom-create a solution for the teeth that need restoring. It should only take 3 – 5 minutes to scan your teeth and bite.

Digital Impression FAQs

Are They really Quicker?

With this new technology, we can engineer restorations (crowns, veneers, and fillings) usually in just a single office visit. You will spend less time in the dental chair and no longer have to endure biting into messy trays that take a long time to create.

Can you Make a 3D Model?

We can make a 3D model of your teeth and gums with the digital impression technology. From your digital impression, we can create a 3D model of your teeth to point out and analyze your dental flaws for correction. We can also show you what your smile could look like with your proposed treatment plan right on the screen so you can see the difference in all your options.

Are there other Benefits?

Digital impressions can easily be tweaked with rescanning the image instead of making you sit through another messy traditional impression. They are eco-friendly as they remove the need for plastic trays and goopy impression materials. Also, they can be digitally stored in your electronic dental chart for easy access for future use and comparisons.

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If you’re looking for impressions to be taken for your teeth, have peace of mind knowing that the process here at Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry will be conducted in a manner that ensures your comfort as well as successful results. For more information, we encourage you to contact our office in The Woodlands or Houston, TX today.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.