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Trends in Implant Dentistry: Digital Impressions

Taking an intraoral scan enables a digital workflow that produces an extremely accurate restoration for the patient while saving the clinician time and money. Intraoral scanners eliminate both traditional impression material and the plastic tray from the impression-taking process, resulting in a faster, more comfortable patient experience. The patient’s information is submitted electronically, eliminating the time and expense involved in shipping physical impressions. The in-lab working time is reduced, as the lab can immediately proceed to CAD/CAM design of the restoration without pouring and scanning a cast. Because this process eliminates the inaccuracies that can result from material distortion during VPS impression-taking and stone model fabrication, the restoration exhibits a more precise fit upon delivery. With most labs offering discounts on digitally submitted cases, including $20 on crowns and $40 on custom abutments at Glidewell Laboratories, more clinicians are taking advantage of this highly accurate all-digital workflow, saving time and money in the process.

Incoming Digital Impressions for Implant Restorations

June 2013—June 2015


Year-Over-Year Growth Rate
for Digital Implant Impressions
June 2014—June 2015


” We have left the mess and inaccuracy of ‘goop’ in a tray shoved into the patient’s mouth for the accuracy of ‘no-mess’ digital scanning. Today, intraoral scanners can take a full range of digital impressions, from single-unit cases, to multiple-unit restorations, to full-arch scans. This is a fascinating and amazing time to practice dentistry!”

— Perry E. Jones, DDS, FAGD
Richmond, Virginia

Marginal and Internal Fit: Digital vs. VPS Impressions


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