Do you remember the last time you had an impression taken? Chances are- if you’re anything like many of our patients- it was an experience that you were all-too-happy to forget! Impressions were a technique that we would use to record different aspects of your mouth. Any procedure that needed an outside dental lab for design and manufacturing required an impression. Impressions were made by taking a plastic or metal mouth-shaped tray, filling the tray with a pasty, rubbery material, placing it over the teeth and gums, and waiting several minutes for the impression to set. For many of our patients, this was uncomfortable and led to drooling and gagging, and we haven’t even talked about the artificial taste of the material!
But now there is good news! We have taken a big step into the digital world with the addition of the 3Shape TRIOS. The TRIOS is an intraoral digital scanner that works by taking a series of photographs of the teeth and oral tissues, which are used to create a digital model instead of a stone model that would be created in a lab. The digital scan can be sent directly to the lab in an instant, and they can use CAD/CAM technology to make the crown, night guard, Invisalign aligner, or other appliance even faster than they could before. If there is a defect or imperfection, digital scans can be edited and added to instead of starting over from the beginning, which was necessary with the impressions.
What does this mean for you?
- Less time waiting for crowns and other appliances to come back from the lab.
- Less time spent in the chair having multiple impressions taken.
- Better accuracy of the scan means better quality of the appliance.
- No more gagging or drooling!