Digital impressions and 3D printing are two of the most revolutionary ways for dentists to improve and simplify workflows.
Dental technology has advanced at a rapid pace in recent years. This includes advancements in digital imaging. Dentists can now use digital scans instead of impressions to create accurate digital models of your teeth. These models can then be used to create highly customized dental restorations.
In the past, doctors would need to use physical molds to create models. But with digital scanning, you can capture an accurate representation of your teeth in just a few minutes. Dentists can use digital scans to communicate with patients, plan treatment, and fabricate restorations. These scans are safe, non-invasive, and highly accurate.
Benefits of Digital Scanning
Digital impressions are more comfortable for patients, provide a higher degree of accuracy, and ultimately save dentists time and money.
Some patients experience discomfort with traditional impressions, while others experience gag reflexes that prevent them from being able to provide an accurate impression. Digital impressions eliminate these concerns, allowing patients to sit comfortably while still providing the dentist with the impression they need.
Traditional impressions have to be sent to the laboratory, where technicians begin the time-consuming process of pouring and crafting the restoration. Digital impressions, on the other hand, can be instantly sent to the laboratory, allowing technicians to begin their work right away. This saves time and eliminates the potential for human error.
3D printing is another exciting way dentists are improving treatments. The process allows dentists to create custom restorations with a high degree of accuracy. Patients no longer have to settle for a restoration that doesn’t perfectly fit their smile. With 3D printing, they can receive high-quality, personalized restorations in a shorter period of time.
When our patients need single tooth restorations like crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, or even dentures, we can print them right in our office. This eliminates the need for a temporary restoration and a second visit and also helps our dentists ensure a better fit.
3D printing (Computer-aided manufacturing) uses digital dental scans to create exact replicas of a patient’s mouth. The replicas are used to create custom dental appliances, such as clear aligners, dentures, crowns, and bridges. It is also often used to create surgical guides, models of oral anatomy, and orthodontic appliances.
3D printing In dentistry
3D printing allows dentists and dental labs to produce dental devices, appliances, and prostheses. A 3D scanner is used to take a digital scan of the dental patient. The 3D scan is then uploaded to a CAD/CAM software system. The dentist or lab technician can then use the software to design the dental device. The printer uses 3D printing technology to create the device.
Advantages of 3D Printing In Dentistry
3D printing has become a popular technology in dentistry because of its ability to create precise, custom restorations and dental appliances.
The imaging software provides design, scanning, and milling capabilities.
The process eliminates the need for impressions, which can be uncomfortable for patients.
The ability to use a variety of materials, including porcelain.
To learn more about our dental technology, please visit our dental practice at 551 E. Plaza Circle STE. C, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. You can also schedule a consultation with our dentists by calling us at (623) 935-1155.