Blue Pearl Dentistry
Dentists located in Carthay, Los Angeles, CA
When you’re considering dental implants, crowns, bridges, or clear aligners, an accurate dental impression makes all the difference. If you want to make sure that your impression creates the perfect fit for your mouth, Robert S. Huang, DDS, at Blue Pearl Dentistry in Los Angeles’ South Carthay neighborhood offers a new technology called the iTero® intraoral digital scanner, a revolutionary scanner that takes the most accurate, technologically advanced impressions. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.
Dental Impressions Q&A
What are dental impressions?
Dental impressions are the first step in the development of a number of dental appliances like crowns, bridges, dental implants, and clear aligners.
These impressions create an exact mold of your mouth to make room for your dental appliance, ensuring the best fit for a complete restoration.
Are there different types of dental impressions?
Traditional dental impressions are made out of a material called alginate, a gooey substance that creates a mold of your mouth for your crown, bridge, veneers, clear aligners, etc. For some patients, traditional dental impressions are extremely uncomfortable and irritate their gag reflex; some even throw up.
Fortunately, technological advances in recent years have paved the way for digital alternatives like the iTero intraoral digital scanner, an innovative system that creates an exact replica of your mouth without the use of gooey molds.
What makes the iTero intraoral digital scanner unique?
Unlike traditional dental impressions, the iTero intraoral digital scanner does not require you to bite down on a gooey material for several minutes to create the right fit.
Instead, the impression is made digitally using a wand that takes an image of your entire mouth. The entire digital impression takes less than three minutes and never irritates your mouth the way traditional molds might.
What really sets the iTero intraoral digital scanner apart from the rest is its accuracy. Because it is entirely digital, this scanner is able to capture the small space between the tooth and the gum tissue surrounding the tooth that using traditional impressions risks missing.
At Blue Pearl Dentistry, digital scans are sent to their labs electronically, eliminating all the time and materials that traditional methods used to transfer the impression from your mouth to the lab, and back.
The digital scanner even has a TIMELAPSE feature that monitors tooth wear and gum recession over time.
How does the iTero intraoral digital scanner work with Invisalign®?
Clear and removable, Invisalign clear aligners are one of the most popular teeth-straightening aids on the market.
The iTero intraoral digital scanner allows Dr. Huang to scan your mouth so you can see what your teeth will look like after using Invisalign clear aligners.
This will help you feel more confident in your treatment plan and figure out what to expect from your clear aligners.
Call or book an appointment online with Dr. Huang today to learn more about your dental impression options.