I was always told that first impressions in life are the most important, but learned that final impressions in dentistry are what separate successful cases from remakes and reschedules. Clinicians go to great lengths to groom their preparations for the final impression stage. From cord retraction, profound hemostasis, compression capping, and finally the application of the putty and wash, care has been administered at every stage. It seems to go without saying that the selection or fabrication of the proper impression tray would be considered in the same meticulous manner. Contrary to this, I have often seen dentists simply utilize the tray that is handed to them without question or case evaluation. Here are a few examples of specific instances when a spot of pre-planning leads to predictably successful final impressions on that most important first try.
Chairside Live Episode 202: A Tip for Full-Arch Impressions
In this episode of Chairside Live, registered dental assistant Will Schmidt shares his go-to full-arch impression technique.
Chairside Live Episode 191: Traditional PFM Alternative & Impression Tray Selection
In this episode of Chairside Live, Dr. Anamaria Muresan places Obsidian® Pressed to Metal crowns on the first and second mandibular molars, and explains why she chooses to use a full-arch impression tray when there is no distal stop.
Chairside Live Episode 167: The Key to Successfully Presenting an Implant Case to Your Patient
In this episode of Chairside Live, we have Part I of Dr. Neil Park’s three-part interview with Dr. David Schwab (davidschwab.com), author, speaker and dental practice consultant. Then, Will Schmidt discusses impression trays in Across the Chair.