In our office, there are no messy impressions!

We make sure your dental appointments are always as convenient and comfortable as possible. We stay on the cutting edge of technology to make sure you get the best patient-centered dental care. We offer digital scan impressions as an alternative to traditional impressions.

A common complaint about traditional impressions is they’re uncomfortable and have an unpleasant taste. And, because of this, many patients gag while we take their impressions. For you to have a comfortable and convenient experience, we opt for the new, digital scan impressions.

About Digital Impressions

Crowns, bridges, and Invisalign all require a precise fit. If the shape of your dental solution is even slightly off, it won’t be able to do its job right.

If there are any shaping issues with your traditional impression, your dentist may not notice until after it’s sent to the lab. When a shaping issue occurs, you have to come back in for a shape correction, which involves anesthetic and another traditional impression. Digital impressions virtually eliminate this possibility.

Not only do you avoid biting down on a rubbery substance for five minutes, but you also avoid the inconvenience of multiple visits.

Our digital impressions better ensure the correct result the first time! But just in case . . .

The dentist can easily make small corrections without a total redo of the impression:

With digital impression the dentist gets a preview of the cast or model and the clearance and the bite. Sometimes your impression reveals a tooth needs further alteration, but this does not mean you have to redo the entire digital impression! We just take a split-second photo snapshot of the corrected area, and viola! The iTero computer updates your scan with the new shape, all during the same appointment.

Traditional impressions work like this: you bite into a tray filled with a rubber-like substance called siloxane, leaving imprints of your teeth. Usually with traditional impressions, you are stuck biting down on this weird substance for 4 to 5 minutes. Needless to say, patients aren’t crazy about this process.

The iTero computer creates fully digital impressions to eliminate the annoying, yucky process of a traditional impression. Your dentist uses a wand to take several photographs of your teeth. The iTero machine knits these images together into a digital 3-D simulation of your mouth. It’s a much faster and more comfortable procedure than a traditional impression.

Your dentist can rotate the final image and view it from many perspectives for a more comprehensive understanding of how we can help you. And you’ll never have to deal with that gross rubber substance!

Alginate impressions are sometimes taken instead of digital when we just need basic models of the teeth, like when making a bite guard.  This does require you to bite down but only requires 30 seconds of your time, as opposed to five minutes. Either way, we have an easier way to get your tooth impressions to save you time and keep you comfortable!

We use digital impressions to fit and align:

  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dentures & Partial Dentures
  • Invisalign
  • Bite Guards
  • Diagnostic Models

In these procedures, having the ability to perform digital impressions is a big advantage for the comfort of patient and the improved accuracy of the final result.

Digital Impressions Dental Office Winston Salem

Find out more about how we make your dental appointments quick and easy by giving us a call today at 336-765-3357.

Your comfort comes first here at Distinctively Dental, let us show you how.