Hi-Tech Safer Dental Impressions
Q: I had recent impressions taken for some crown, veneer and implant work. I found it to be an awful, uncomfortable experience. Plus, the dental work did not fit and the doctor had to take impressions all over again. How can I avoid this experience in the future?
A: Over the weekend I had some extra time for dental journal binge reading. My dog, Casey, a mixture of Chihuahua and serial killer, was busy looking at photos of our HOA board, deciding who his next victim will be. He chose our neighbor Barry who hasn’t pressure cleaned his roof since the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Many doctors just before an impression is taken will jam an adrenaline-soaked piece of thread into the gum to push the gum out of the way. These are called retraction cords and often make the patient’s heart race like Mario Andretti. And, often result in the need for repeat impressions as the gum likes to flap back over the tooth, blocking the gagging goop from reaching below the gum line for an accurate impression.
You HAVE to see this video I will be showing at my next seminar that shows us using the iTero Element digital impression scanner. No more gagging “inaccurate” goop! Plus, rather than using retraction cords, we use the Epic diode laser to gently create a trough, or a mote, around each tooth which guarantees that the digital scanner “sees” below the gum line.
A recent article comparing retraction cords and the laser in the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry concluded: “…dental lasers resulted in a wider gingival sulci (space between the tooth and gum which must be captured in the impression), less post-treatment gingival recession (your gum shrinking away, exposing the root), less inflammation, and more patient comfort.”
Don’t miss this demonstration on August 24th, details below.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Josephs will be giving his latest FREE seminar to the public, “Teeth for Live XXV” on Friday August 24th at 11:30 AM at the Double Tree Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens, on PGA Blvd. You will receive a copy of his book: “Tooth Talk: What Educated Dental Patients Need to know about 21st Century Dental Treatment.” Only 24 Seats left! Sign up today by calling 561-832-2917, or drop us an email. DENTAL PHOBICS WELCOME!!