No Gag Dental impressions
Long Island dentist Mark M Bornstein DDS in Cedarhurst, NY is known for many different services, but it is his committment to digital technology that sets him apart. Any dentist can offer dental care, but it is not common to offer no gag dental impressions, when dental impressions are needed. Many patients have a heightened gag response, so even the most basic dental treatment can be a challenge.
No more Gooey Goop for Dental Impressions
Traditionally, when fabricating models of teeth, trays filled with soft and gooey material (historically alginate but more commonly today polyvinyl siloxane) are inserted in the mouth and removed after setting. Plaster can then be poured into these impressions and after fully set, a reproduction is created. It is during the GOOEY stage that exists the problem. The more “runny” the material, the greater tendency for gravity to allow this material to run down the throat and induce a gag reflex. This leads to an unpleasant dental experience.
The more advanced and modern dental practices use digital impressions. Dr. Bornstein uses the Trios scanner, a device that takes digital pictures of your teeth. The digital file is sent via secure email to a lab for fabrication of the dental models. These “impressions” are both more easily tolerated by patients AND more accurate than the tray method. There is no downside.
The trios scanner an be used for all of the following procedures:
Crowns and bridges
Removable partial dentures
Veneers, inlays and onlays
Temporary crowns and virtual diagnostic wax-ups
Implant crowns and bridges
Implant planning and surgical guides