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Replacing traditional impressions with 3D scans

Do you remember the days of going to the dentist and having that weird, gummy material stuck in your mouth to take an impression of your teeth? Maybe you needed orthodontics or a bridge, or maybe you needed a crown or replacement tooth made. 

Did you know that those impressions are a thing of the past? Nowadays, we can use 3D scans to create these impressions in a fraction of the time! 

How do you take a 3D scan?

At Flawless Dental, we use an intraoral scanner. It’s a wand-like device with which we scan your mouth. The scanner is connected to a computer and records the information from your mouth and creates a digital replica. 

Digitized scans, like traditional impressions, are used to create retainers, crowns, bridges, and dentures, among other things. There are many benefits of 3D scans which we’ll cover in this article. 

Benefits of 3D scans

The most obvious benefit is that our patients no longer have to sit through the tedious, traditional method of making dental impressions. 

With the traditional gummy impressions, there is always a chance of there being a small imperfection that requires a redo. Three-dimensional scans allow your dentist to check the quality of the scan and immediately re-scan any sections that need it. 

Three-dimensional scans make the process from impression to treatment much quicker! Instead of having to send out your plaster replica to the lab, your dentist can simply send a digital copy of your 3D impression to the lab almost immediately!

With the 3D scans, your dentist can also simulate what the outcome of your treatment will look like. How cool would it be to see the outcome of a crown or orthodontic treatment?

At the end of the day, 3D scans make the process of planning orthodontics, crowns, bridges, etc. simpler and more comfortable for our patients!

If you need dental treatment or repairs that could benefit from 3D scanning, request an appointment today: