We avoid the potential for inaccuracy by relying on advanced digital technology instead.
What Are Digital Impressions?
A digital impression is a process by which our periodontist takes an image of your tooth or teeth with a 3D digital scanner. With advanced camera optics technology, our team scans your teeth with a small device that fits comfortably in your mouth. We will send the images to a lab, where the rendering is turned into a model of your mouth. This model is essential when we need to create prosthetics to fit your mouth, such as dental implants, dentures, or bridges.
What Are the Benefits of Digital Impressions?
The older method of taking impressions was time-consuming and often uncomfortable for the patient. A periodontist would fill horseshoe-shaped metal trays with a thick, putty-like substance. The doctor pressed the trays over the top and/or bottom teeth, would allow the product to set for several minutes, and then removed the trays. In addition to inaccuracies that occurred as a result of this imprecise practice, patients with a gag reflex often had trouble comfortably keeping the trays in their mouths. Digital impressions are more precise and more comfortable than older methods. This type of impression is also mess-free and fast, unlike conventional impressions, which require a labor-intensive process to create a plaster mock-up.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you need periodontal surgery or treatment and our team requires a model of your teeth, digital impressions may benefit your experience. You will find you make a particularly good candidate for this advanced technology if one or more of the following apply to you:
- You have a quick gag-reflex
- You are experiencing a periodontal infection, which traditional impressions may disturb
- You are claustrophobic
- Your issue requires immediate treatment, including the creation of prosthetics
Seeking treatment or surgery for periodontal disease? Our board-certified periodontists take a compassionate approach to periodontal care, and will spend time getting to know you rather than hurrying out of the exam room. Schedule a visit with our team at Periodontics Associates today to review your treatment options with Dr. Comeaux or Dr. Pearson in our Lafayette office, or with Dr. Comeaux at our Opelousas satellite office. Please contact us if you have any questions.