Faster impressions, and no goo

Many of our patients don’t much enjoy it when we have to take impressions of their teeth in order to make prosthetics such as crowns or veneers, or to make mouth guards to protect them against sports injuries or grinding their teeth at night.

But now silicone impressions are a thing of the past here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry. We have now invested in a handheld digital scanning device.

Impression Free Dentistry in GlasgowNo more breathing difficulties

Having your mouth filled with silicone putty was an unpleasant experience for quite a few of our patients. Some had to contend with trying not to gag if the putty came up against the back of their mouths. Others found it hard to breathe through their noses as they waited the minute or so that is required while the putty hardens. With the Trios 3Shape, the process is incredibly fast so you should not need a break, but if you do, we can pause the scan and give you time to recover before we carry on.

Introducing impression-free dentistry

The Trios 3Shape makes highly accurate 3D images of your teeth. It does this by taking thousands of pictures of your teeth, even more quickly than a video camera does. As it takes the pictures, they are sent to a nearby screen where the pictures are built up into one 3D image of your teeth and the surrounding gum and palate tissue. We can view the pictures from any angle to get a really good look at your teeth.

This only takes a few seconds. Because the pictures are digital, we can then send them instantly over the internet to the dental lab where technicians can use them to make you a new crown, veneers or crowns for dental implants. This dramatically cuts down on waiting times for new prosthetics as there is no delay between us making the image and the lab receiving it while it is transported in the post or via courier.

We look forward to letting you experience this innovative technology next time you need to have your teeth measured for some kind of prosthetic or mouth guard.

Putty is for windows, not for dentistry

Here’s the scenario. You come along to the dentist for a crown, dental implants, braces, a mouth guard, or veneers. In order to get your treatment done, your dentist needs to know the exact size, shape and position of your teeth.

Impression Free Dentistry in GlasgowSo, the nurse gets out a bowl and starts mixing up some purple gloopy stuff. It looks like some kind of playing dough, but this isn’t a game. You are about to have to open wide while the dentist jams the whole bowlful of goo up (or down) around your teeth. Somehow for around the next minute, you are going to have to sit still and try to breathe through your nose and not choke while the putty hardens to create an impression of your teeth. Fingers crossed you don’t have a cold. The dentist pulls it out, and it feels like your teeth are going to come out with it.

If you are lucky, the impression works first time. If not, and the shape of your teeth is not clear enough, you will to have repeat the process. It’s enough to put you off visiting the dentist, and for some people, it does.

Impression-free dentistry

But not any more at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry because here we have a new bit of kit called Trios. This is a scanner that goes into your mouth. Instead of modelling your teeth in putty, with the Trios scanner, we can create digital 3D images of your teeth.

The Trios scanner works by taking more than 2000 2-dimensional pictures a second. This is 100 times than a normal video camera. As the Trios scanner works, the pictures are sent instantly to a nearby screen, where they build up into a 3D image of your teeth.

Once the picture is complete, we can move it around to view it from any angle. We can send the pictures straight to the lab for the technicians to work on a perfect replica of your teeth to create the crowns, veneers, or prosthetic teeth you need. This cuts down on the time required to make you new teeth, whole or part.

We’re really proud of our scanner and our patients love it too.