Q: I have read almost all of your columns and must ask you; if digital impressions are so good, why don’t all dentists have them? Phil in Hollywood.
A: I’m glad you have been keeping up with the dental field by reading my column; bad jokes and all. By the way, this is # 312, but whose counting? Phil, it’s like all technology. When color TV’s came out, not every household had one, although clearly it was the better technology. It goes for just about anything that has come down the pipe: police radar guns, smart phones, MRI imaging machines etc. Sometimes new technologies are at first too costly or too cumbersome to be practical.
However, 3-D digital impression scanners have been in use for at least five years now. No radiation is used. They are images that are emailed to specialized model makers that though CAD CAM technology, use robots to mill out the perfect, virtual model of the patients teeth. These models are then sent to the doctor’s local lab for making of the crowns, bridges or veneers.
They are slowly replacing traditional “triple G” impressions. (Gloppy, Gagging Goop). The brand that my practice uses as well as 13% of USA doctors use, is called iTero by Cadent. A recent article in the most widely read dental journal, the J.A.D.A stated this: “ Digital impressions allow practitioners to see enlarged images of the tooth preparations and the tissue management (the gums). More adequate impressions are possible. The dental labs and dentists state that digital scanning of teeth leads to higher quality impressions”. For a free consumer guide on this breakthrough technology, email us.
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Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant Cosmetic and General Dentistry and hosts “Tooth Talk” on WBZT AM123.0 Dr. Josephs is on staff at West Palm Hospital (Formerly Columbia Hospital) and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry and completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.