Digital Impressions Specialist

Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry & Special Needs Dentists located in Flanders, NJ

If you or your child damages a tooth and requires restoration, or if you’re preparing to undergo orthodontic treatment, your dentist might recommend taking digital impressions. This cutting-edge technology creates a digital model of your teeth and gums quickly and efficiently. At Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, the team proudly offers digital impressions to all ages. To request your appointment, call the Flanders, New Jersey, office or click the online booking tool today.

Digital Impressions Q & A

What are digital impressions?

Digital impressions are a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology, enabling your Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics provider to develop a virtual, computer-generated replica of your or your child’s teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues. 

Using optical scanning devices and medical lasers, digital impressions create a highly accurate model of your mouth in minutes, without the need for messy putties or other, more invasive impression materials. 

Why are digital impressions better than traditional impressions?

Digital impressions are much more accurate, efficient, and productive than traditional dental impressions. 

In addition, the team at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics performs digital impressions on-site in their high-tech office, which saves you time and the hassle of returning for a series of appointments. 

Other benefits of digital impressions include:

  • Better fitting restorations
  • Less chair time
  • No distasteful impression materials
  • Increased comfort
  • Eco-friendly

Digital impressions are also great for children who are anxious or who have special needs. They’re entirely noninvasive, and since there’s no putty, there’s no yucky flavors or discomfort involved.

How do you take digital dental impressions?

If your dentist recommends digital impressions, they administer a local anesthetic and clean up any saliva or food debris remaining on your teeth and gums. Next, your dentist lightly dusts your teeth with a special powder, allowing the machine to scan your arches and bite. 

After dusting your teeth, your Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics provider asks you to open your mouth and gently places a handheld, intraoral wand on the surface of your teeth. 

Your dentist slowly moves the wand back and forth, using a chair-side monitor to display each image. The entire process typically takes 1-2 minutes, providing a near-instant picture of the structure of your mouth. 

After taking the digital impressions, your dentist carefully examines them. The technology also allows your dentist to zoom in or zoom out, ensuring they understand all of the potential issues with your affected tooth or teeth. 

Once your dentist completes their review, they send your digital impressions to a dental laboratory that manufactures your oral prosthetic or orthodontic appliance. 

Are digital impressions safe?

Digital impressions are safe and well-tolerated. There’s no risk of radiation exposure, and the staff at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics has extensive experience in the application and use of this high-tech device. 

If you’re interested in learning more about digital impressions, call Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, or click the online booking tool and request your consultation today.