What are digital impressions?
Digital impressions are the alternative to traditional dental impressions. It’s where we use technology such as lasers and optical scanning devices to create a digital image of your mouth. The result is a computer generated, digital replica of the hard and soft tissues in your mouth.
What digital impressions are used for:
We use these digital impressions of your mouth to create mouthguards, teeth whitening trays, retainers, those kinds of custom dental devices.
- Teeth whitening trays
- Dental implants
What benefits do digital impressions offer you?
Digital impressions are a much less intrusive and much more comfortable alternative to traditional dental impressions. If you’re one of the many patients who can’t stand the traditional alginate impression material sitting in your mouth — you’ll find digital impressions much more pleasant.
This is a much quicker and smoother process for both our dentists and you, the patient. It also means we can have these digital impressions sent off to create your new dental device sooner as it doesn’t require the traditional posting time.
Another benefit of digital impressions is receiving real-time, accurate feedback. It means we can act on any necessary repairs or adjustments immediately, rather than patients needing to visit a second time for an amendment.
How long do digital impressions take?
Taking a digital impression of prepared teeth takes just a minute and a half, with the impression of the teeth in the opposite arch taking just 45 seconds, approximately.