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    How to bridge the gap between traditional and digital impressions

    A new impression material that might make the jump to digital dentistry a little less jarring.

    While more dentists are utilizing digital impressions in their offices and some are milling restorations on site, there are still many, like me, who prefer conventional impressions.

    By using an impression material that can be scanned by the laboratory or scanned in the dental office and the image sent to the laboratory, many advantages of digital technology can be gained. 

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    A new scannable impression material

    BONASCAN by DMP is a new polyvinal siloxane impression material that can be digitally scanned. A conventionally fabricated restoration can be fabricated by pouring up the impression and making a hard model, but if the dentist wants to use the digital feature they have two options:

    1. Speed up the restoration process as the lab would get the file the same day and can start working on the case. This technique can:

    - Improve communication with the lab as a discussion can be had while both looking at the digital file. 

    - Improve efficiencies for the lab, saving them time and money as they can skip the step of pouring a model and using a powder or spray to scan the model into their system. 

    - Allow the use of desktop digital scanners, which are less expensive, smaller and easier to use than CAD/CAM systems. 

    - Allow the dentists to work with a restorative material, not limited by the CAD/CAM software programs that only work with certain milling machines.

    - Eliminate the potential for impression distortion during the shipping, handling and model-pouring stages, leading to better clinical outcomes.

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    2. Take the traditional impression, send it to the lab, ask the lab to directly scan the impression and have them send you the file. This technique can:

    - Improve efficiencies for the lab, saving them time and money as they can skip the step of pouring a model and using a powder or spray to scan the model into their system.

    - Eliminate the potential for distortion during the model-pouring step, leading to better clinical outcomes.

    - Allow the dentist to get a digital file for their records. 

    - Allow the dentist to focus on patient care and not worry about operating and maintaining CAD/CAM systems. 

    - Allow the dentist to participate in digital technology with no upfront investment in digital equipment.

     

    Continue to the next page to see a step-by-step clinical example.

     

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