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Who Hates Getting Impressions (Goop) I Your Mouth For Veneers, Crowns & Fixed Bridges?

Posted by Dr. Paul Grussenmeyer on

Have you had, or do you need, dental impressions for veneers, crowns, caps, or bridges?  Do you remember the goop that had to sit in your mouth until it set, and the dentist had a difficult time pulling it out?  Thought your teeth were coming with it?

Did you know there is an alternative?  I have been doing it for many years.  One of the first few in the country, in fact. It involves taking digital photos, overlaying landmarks in your mouth, to build a virtual reality 3D picture of your teeth and prepared teeth.  We call it "digital impressions".

We then send the information over the internet to have perfect models of your teeth milled out of polyurethane by robots, or made in reverse build by a digital 3D printer.  It is virtually impossible to have your teeth models made this exactly by the traditional method of the goop impressions, mixing plaster or stone, and pouring it into the impressions (example: defects in the impression, air bubbles when mixing & pouring the stone into the impressions, errors by whoever is doing the models in the lab).

All of my patients love this technology compared to the traditional impression methods. Did I forget to say your next visit for cementing the veneers, crowns, etc. goes much faster since the fit is tons better?  There is only upside to using this technique vs. the old techniques.  No downside.

Here is a flashback video of when I was featured demonstrating the new technology on news networks across the country.  Pictures and video always beat print explanation.