CEREC Omnicam has revolutionized the way dentists take impressions of the teeth and mouth. What was traditionally a time-consuming and uncomfortable experience is now faster, more comfortable and more precise than ever. The CEREC Omnicam allows Dr. Nancy Snyder to gather the information she needs to diagnose your dental condition and plan out your treatment. It also allows you to save time and enjoy a more comfortable process.
Traditional vs. Digital Impressions
Impressions are a key part of the diagnostic and treatment planning process. They give your dentist a three-dimensional view of the structures of your mouth and help your dentist create a replica of the hard and soft tissues in your mouth to use for planning dental restorations and other types of treatment.
Taking a traditional dental impression requires you to hold a putty-like material in the mouth for a period of time. Although this isn’t painful, many patients find it unpleasant, especially those with a sensitive gag reflex or TMJ problems. There is also the chance that something can go wrong with the material or technique, resulting in a distorted impression that must be repeated at a later appointment.
Nowadays, dentists can streamline the impression process by using digital impressioning devices. These devices, which resemble wands, are inserted into your mouth and moved over the teeth. A camera on the wand projects images from inside the mouth onto a screen in the treatment room. The dentists reviews the images, identifying and correcting any errors immediately. Then, the images are digitally sent to a computer that makes a three-dimensional model of the teeth used to design restorations like crowns, bridges and veneers.
Introducing the CEREC Omnicam
Dr. Snyder uses the CEREC Omnicam, a best-in-class digital impressioning device. As the camera scans the hard and soft tissues of your mouth, it produces crisp, full-color images that Dr. Snyder can review with you on the spot. Since you can see what is going on in your mouth, you can ask questions and actively participate in the treatment planning process.
Once Dr. Snyder has captured these images, they are imported to the CEREC software that makes a three-dimensional model of your teeth. Dr. Snyder uses this model to plan out your crown, veneer or restoration. You can provide feedback on the planned restoration, too.
Once the design is finalized, Dr. Snyder transmits the information to the milling unit of the CEREC machine, which crafts your restoration right then and there.
As you can see, the Omnicam plays a critical role in the restoration planning process. Not only does CEREC technology help you avoid the uncomfortable process of traditional impressions, it also saves you valuable time in the treatment chair. There is no need to outsource the construction of your restoration to an outside lab, nor to schedule a second appointment to receive your restoration. You can receive your well-fitting, high-quality restoration in a single visit!
Learn More about Digital Impressions
If you would like to learn more about digital impressions with the CEREC Omnicam, Dr. Snyder invites you to call or email our practice today.