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Intraoral Cameras and Digital Impressions

Man sitting at desk looking at a digital dental impressionThe latest advancements in dental tools and techniques enable practices to provide the highest level of care in dentistry. Taking digital impressions of your teeth and gums facilitates accurate diagnosis. At Chicago Dental Esthetics, we believe digital impressions will transform patient care in dentistry. Patients report the process is uncomplicated and fast. You can also see your smile from your dentist's point of view.

What Are Intraoral Cameras and Digital Impressions?

An intraoral camera is a specialized device that enables your dentist to examine the oral cavity. The hand-held instrument can capture visuals of your teeth and gums. They are invaluable tools that help dentists understand your oral health better.

Unlike traditional impressions, intraoral cameras provide more information in three dimensions. Dentists can understand the underlying structures surrounding you better than with 2D images.

Modern advancements in technology allow intraoral cameras to take color scans and accurate images of the tooth. They can assess the condition of your gum’s tissue with a high degree of precision.

What Are the Applications of Digital Impressions?

After taking digital impressions you can see the condition of your teeth in greater detail. Our dental team can use 3D visuals to help you understand treatment options better.

Digital impressions are essential for developing accurate models of your teeth. The models can help dentists examine your teeth more closely. Your dentist can adjust these models to avoid repeating procedures to correct anomalies.

Color scanning enables the dentist to compare the color of your teeth with the aesthetics of dental devices. The camera generates data that is taken to the lab to fabricate prosthetics. It ensures the reliable reproduction of crowns and bridges.

Another application of digital impressions is the preparation of dental devices to replace teeth. Specialists can compare visuals to check for deterioration and damage to oral appliances.

Dental restoration requires a high degree of accuracy to prevent side effects or complications. Traditional scanners are not only cumbersome, but they are also prone to human error. An intraoral camera can detect minute changes in the tissue or bone structure.

For example, an intraoral scanner can detect teeth shifting or the earliest signs of gum inflammation. It can visualize the changes in tissue and map models of inflammatory growth. The process could determine the efficacy of restorative devices like dentures and implants.

Digital Impressions for Optimal Comfort and Convenience

Oral scanners are portable and less complicated than CT scanners or x-rays. The device can examine different parts of your oral cavity from the comfort of the dentist’s office.

Intraoral scanners are, therefore, more convenient for patients. Unlike MRI scanners, you don’t need to remove clothing or jewelry before the procedure. It can provide accurate data for diagnosis without causing unnecessary discomfort.

The procedure usually takes three to five minutes, and it is faster than traditional x-rays or CT scans. Digital impressions ensure timely diagnosis and treatment to restore the condition of your teeth and gums. The initial evaluation will determine the best test to diagnose your oral health. To schedule an appointment with Chicago Dental Esthetics, contact (224) 341-5162 today.
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