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Dental Impression Questions

It seems that in today’s society just about every individual knows someone that has dentures. There are commercials that advertise the cost and time it will take to have a set of dentures made. But how exactly are dentures made to fit an individual’s mouth? Why do some individual’s have dentures that fit and others may have to have their dentures redone or realigned. Sometimes the dental impression plays a role in the fit of the individual’s dentures, but what is a dental impression? How is a dental impression made? Read below to find many of these questions answered.

What is a dental impression?

A dental impression is the use of materials to make an imprint of the teeth and gums of an individual. Dental impressions are used in several different types of dentistry such as the making of prosthetics like dentures. They may also be for diagnostic or restorative purposes. The type of dental impression and the type of materials that are used to make the dental impression are dependent on the need that is determined by indications made clinically. When a dental impression is made it is a molded description of the individual’s oral cavity. The dental impression is used to make a cast of the individual’s oral cavity, which may be used for such things such as prosthetics or orthodontics. A dental impression is made by pouring the impression material into a tray for dental impression. This dental impression material is most commonly an alginate that will set and become a solid. When the dental impression is taken out of the mouth of the individual it will provide a reproduction of the individual’s teeth. For questions that have been answered by the Experts read below.

How long is recommended to wait after tooth extraction to have a dental impression done?

If an individual has had a tooth or multiple tooth extractions the time that is recommended to wait before a dental impression is done is approximately three weeks. This is not always the case and sometimes dental impressions can be done sooner. It is important to note that the time may vary on an individual basis, as to how long healing process takes from the wound because of the extraction.

When it comes to dental impressions what is the immediate technique?

The immediate technique is the preparation of dental impressions done upon areas of fresh extractions. Problems with the immediate technique are dentures or appliances that do not fit the individual correctly or accurately. This is due to the dental impression being done of areas of fresh extractions and gives a fit that is only estimation. As the technician who is shaping the dentures or appliances can only give a best guess as to what shape the gums of the individual will be after the extractions have healed. Some dentists wait as long as 6 months to realign or make a new set of dentures due to not only the extractions healing but the gum going through a reshaping.

Should an individual be scared that having a dental impression may hurt their teeth?

In many cases, an individual should not be concerned that having a dental impression will damage their teeth. The dental impression material should not adhere to the individual’s teeth, and a tug will dislodge the dental impression tray from the individual’s mouth.

A dental impression is the use of a liquid material that is poured into a dental tray that sets and becomes a solid in the individual’s oral cavity. The result is the dental impression that may be used to shape and form dentures or appliances to fit the individual’s mouth. Any questions regarding dental impressions may be asked to the Experts.
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