Everything You Need to Know About Dental Impressions
Posted on 3/22/2021 by Dr. Jae Seon Kim
If you have gone through a serious dental procedure recently, you might have an ideal about dental impressions. A dental impression is a common practice that is done before various dental procedures. It helps in the creation of retainers, mouth guards, whitening trays, crowns, bridges, veneers, dentures, and other dental procedures.
So, what is a dental impression? As the term suggests, a dental impression is basically an impression your teeth and mouth that reflects their exact shape, making it easier to form dental objects accordingly. A metal or plastic tray that comfortably fits on your gums and teeth is inserted inside your mouth to create a replica of them. This tray is adjustable according to your teeth. Once your dentist gets your dental impressions, they proceed onto making your dental object using their preferred technique.
Why Is It Important To Get A Dental Impression?
Retainers, mouthguards, dentures, crowns, etc. can be made normally as well, but a dental impression gives an accurate measurement and idea about the structure of your mouth, making it easier to tailor these dental objects accordingly. Here is why you need a dental impression.
To Avoid Misfits
Impressions show the very shape of different aspects of your mouth including your teeth and gums. Dental objects made without dental impressions will have a tight or lose fit. This will eventually result in the irritation and annoyance.
To Avoid Inaccurate Restorations
Poor dental impression techniques can result in tearing or large space gaps in the impression margin, which naturally impacts the quality of restoration, resulting in a poor fit and inadequate function.
If you want to avoid getting the same procedure done repeatedly, and spending unnecessary money on dental procedures, you need to ensure that your dentist is experienced and skilled enough to get a good dental impression.
If you're looking for experienced dentists to help you out with all your dental concerns, visit us at Pacific Modern Dentistry or call us at (206)284-4505.
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