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Why Dentists Take Digital Dental Impressions

Digital Dental Impressions Grand Rapids Dentist

Almost all of our patients have had the unpleasant experience of having trays full of pink goop pressed against the roof of their mouth for dental impressions. Thankfully, a lot has changed in dentistry to provide higher accuracy in dental impressions as well as improved patient comfort. Our family dentist uses a digital impression scanner to map out your teeth so dental restorations can be made.

There’s no gag reflex to worry about with digital dental impressions. Digital dental impressions take less time than conventional impressions so you don’t have to spend as much time in the chair. The digital impressions also arrive at the lab faster because they’re emailed (as opposed to going through snail mail). In this blog post, we will explain how different dental procedures use digital impressions. Patients benefit from dental technology that allows dentists to take accurate pictures of their teeth, gums, and jaws in less time.

Removable Partial Dentures or Complete Dentures

If you have several missing teeth, you may be a candidate for removable partial dentures or complete dentures. To make a set of dentures, your dentist will need to take impressions of the gums that will be supporting your dentures. Digital impressions for dentures help lab technicians make dentures that will fit comfortably and look natural.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns (also called tooth caps) are used to cover the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gum line. Porcelain crowns are often a great procedure for patients with broken teeth, severe tooth decay, or even severe tooth discoloration. Your dentist will remove enough tooth enamel to make room for the crown. Dental impressions will then be taken and sent to the lab where technicians make your crown.

Dental Bridges

Like the name suggests, dental bridges are used to bridge the gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth. A dental bridge is a false tooth secured in place by a dental crown on both sides. These dental crowns can cap natural teeth or implants. In order to make sure the bridge fits comfortably, your dentist will need to take digital impressions of your teeth for the lab. The dental lab technicians then use the digital dental impressions to make your custom-fit bridge.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure designed to cover tooth chips, cracks, discoloration, and more. During your first appointment, your cosmetic dentist will remove approximately 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the front of the receiving teeth so they won’t look bulky with the new veneers. After enough enamel has been removed, your dentist will take teeth impressions to be sent to the lab where your porcelain veneers will be made.

Dr. Yun DDS at NorthPointe Family Dental is dedicated to helping patients improve their oral health by using the latest digital dental impression technology. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at our dental practice, give our Grand Rapids family dentist a call at (616) 288-6134.