With all the advances in technology, one question I am asked a lot is ‘how does that benefit me?’ Well, the answer can vary from not much to it’ll change your life. Dental implants and full mouth reconstructions can change your life. Using a different white filling placer may make our job easier, but your experience with that technology may go unnoticed. Digital impressions (or 3D optical scans) wind up more than a little bit on the side of life-changing. They make our job easier with instant feedback – did we get the information we need? They make your experience a lot better – no more goopy impression material running all over the place. Their improved accuracy allows us to provide you with a much better, long term, predictable result. Things fit much better and when they fit better, they last longer. Your case can be designed much better and there is more instant feedback between us and the lab if they are helping make your dental whatever. I wanted to share with you three of the more common topics that patients ask about – Invisalign, same-day crowns (E4D), and changes to the mouth over time.
- Invisalign – ever wondered how you would look with straighter teeth? Well, with digital impressions (or scans) you can see the result within a few minutes. Your scans to Invisalign to begin your braces-free transformation with the click of a button. There’s no reason not to love your smile!
- Same-day crowns and veneers – Since 2008, you’ve been available to have crowns and veneers the same day. No need for a temporary or second visit. You can also watch as your tooth is being designed in the software – if you want
- Monitor changes to your teeth over time – you can now see changes over time in the size, shape, and position of your teeth. We are asked time and again if things have changed. How much more wear is there? Is this tooth that’s out of place new? or has it been there for years and just noticed? Now, we can store a digital model of your teeth and compare it with future digital models. If it’s decided that now is the time to start treatment, many times we use the most recent scan to start the appropriate care.
The usefulness of digital impression technology is growing daily. The more we discover how we can better use the technology, the more benefit to you. Now, this is by no means an all-inclusive list of the benefits you may receive from digital impressions, but it is a start for our discussion. Stay tuned for future discussions and topics of interest to you.
Yours in Dental Health,
Jason Schermer, DDS