3D Impressions Overview
If you are old enough to remember the gooey impressions dentists used to perform to make a mold of your mouth, you know how long and sometimes uncomfortable the process was to endure. If you have never had to make an impression with putty-like impression material filled to the brim of a dental tray, many would consider you lucky (especially if you have an easy gag reflex). Long gone are the days of the physical dental impression!
At Luminous Dental Studio, we understand that the impressions of the past were problematic for patients, which is why we offer digit impressions. Our general dentists, Dr. Minho Chang and Dr. Nam Kim, use the Planscan digital intraoral scanner by Planmeca (in full color). Our digital impressions are quickly scanned and transferred electronically to our dental laboratory. This enables us to create a precise model of your teeth that can be used to create implants, crowns, onlays, inlays, dentures, and more. If you need restorative dental work, come to Luminous Dental Studio in Frisco, TX for our 3D digital impressions.
"What a great experience! A clean&modern style dental studio and amazing staff! Dr.Kim and Dr.Chang are very professional, and they know how to treat their patients! ????????"- J.J. / Google / Mar 20, 2019
"I have dental anxiety when visiting to the dental office anywhere. Dr. Chang and Jill really understand my situation. I have planned not to visit anymore to any dental offices because they don't understand me. I finally found Luminous Dental Studio for their caring and understanding for who am I."- A.D. / Google / Sep 24, 2019
"When I had my first appointment with Dr. Kim at Luminous Dental Studio, I was instantly reassured that I picked the right dentist to work with my family. He was kind and listened to my concerns about my dental anxieties. With his gentle chairside manner, Dr. Kim was easy to talk. I had some extensive work done that most dentist would rush me through, but when things didn’t go as planned... Dr. Kim kept working through it while making sure I was comfortable. Their state-of-the-art technology is really great too. The intraoral camera displayed my dental concerns front and center in the treatment room on a big screen. It was a great dental experience even though they are never easy for me. Thanks Dr. Kim. Oh, and he made sure to check up on me after my lengthy appointment to make sure I was ok... that’s awesome."- S.C. / Google / Aug 23, 2019
"I am normally terrified to go to the dentist and came here for the great reviews and new technology. I had the best experience I have ever had at a dentist. I felt very comfortable and even with my nerves regarding the dental work, I felt like I was being cared for with patience and kindness from my dentist. I’m very optimistic for future visits(this is a first for me)! Dr. Kim listened to my concerns, questions, and statements regarding my dental anxiety and took them into account my entire appointment. This made me feel more comfortable and helped me to get through the appointment with more ease than I have ever had."- E.F. / Google / Jul 14, 2019
"I am normally terrified to go to the dentist and came here for the great reviews and new technology. I had the best experience I have ever had at a dentist. I felt very comfortable and even with my nerves regarding the dental work, I felt like I was being cared for with patience and kindness from my dentist. I’m very optimistic for future visits(this is a first for me)! Dr. Kim listened to my concerns, questions, and statements regarding my dental anxiety and took them into account my entire appointment. This made me feel more comfortable and helped me to get through the appointment with more ease than I have ever had."- E.F. / Google / Jul 06, 2019
Best Candidates for 3D Impressions
Digital 3D impressions are ideal for patients of all ages who have a strong gag reflex and/or people who want to avoid the stress of making a physical impression. You would be a great candidate if you need to have a custom dental restoration made, such as a crown, bridge, inlay, onlay, dentures, or removable orthodontic aligners. The intraoral technology we provide will create precise digital models of your teeth that can be sent directly to a dental laboratory electronically.
What to Expect with 3D Impressions
All you really have to do to have a digital 3D impression is relax in the treatment chair. We will pass a small scanning wand around your mouth. This tool uses blue wavelength light to reliably capture all areas, corners, and crevices of your teeth and gums. After the scanning is complete, a model of your teeth will appear on the monitor. If any areas were missed during the initial scan, a simple re-scan can be administered to catch the necessary areas. In the past, if your mold was not accurate, it would require making a second dental mold. 3D impressions can save everyone involved a lot of time and anxiety — especially when something does not go right the first time.
3D Impressions Follow-Up
After your scans have been stored in your electronic dental record, they can be sent to a dental lab to make your needed restoration. Luminous Dental Studio will keep your 3D impressions on file. This will make it easier if you need something remade, or just to compare changes in your teeth.
You Will Be Impressed
3D impressions at Luminous Dental Studio are a fantastic alternative to messy and uncomfortable dental molds of the past. Using our PlanScan by Planmeca intraoral scanner, we can digitally capture an accurate impression of your teeth in less time. Contact our office in Frisco, TX today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Chang or Dr. Kim.