What Are Dental Impressions Used For?

  • Posted on: Jan 15 2023
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Portrait of beautiful young woman with perfect smile.If you are considering cosmetic dental procedures at Smile Texas in Sugar Land, TX, you might be told that you will need a series of impressions. Impressions are commonly used in our practice and play an essential role in many aesthetic treatments available at our office. Drs. Rick Kline and Bret Davis and Mackenzie Mcafee – Dooley can educate you further on dental impressions and their purpose.

What Is a Dental Impression?

The team at Smile Texas describes dental impressions as a three-dimensional model of your teeth. The impressions are created from either a putty or a silicone compound. This process helps us to create custom restorations such as crowns, veneers, and bridges that fit perfectly with your bite, tooth shape and color.

When Are Dental Impressions Used?

Dental impressions may be done for several different reasons depending on the procedure you wish to have performed. Commonly, our dentists use dental impressions in preparation for the placement of a dental crown, dental bridge, or a dental implant. They are also used when patients get custom porcelain veneers or inlays and onlays.

What Can I Expect When Getting Digital Impressions?

With digital impressions, a small hand held scanner is used to create a digital impression of your teeth.  This new approach is changing the way we are able to communicate with our dental laboratory.  With digital impressions there are no trays or impression material to hold in your mouth.  The dental assistant gently moves the small scanner over your teeth as you hold your mouth open.  Once the scan is complete, we have a digital file that the dentists can use to plan your smile makeover.  Plus, we can instantly transmit this file to our dental laboratory instead of having to mail a physical model of your teeth as with the old approach.

How Do I Learn More About the Various Treatments Performed at SmileTexas?

If you have questions about any of the procedures available at Smile Texas in Sugar Land, TX, please call our office today. Smile Texas is a top-rated cosmetic dental practice in Houston, Texas that sees patients from around the World. Our practice is devoted exclusively to creating healthy, beautiful smiles through cosmetic dentistry (porcelain veneers) and dental implants (Teeth By Tonight!).  Call us at 281-265-7645 to find out more and schedule a free in person or online consultation!

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