Digital impressions are the newest cutting-edge technology in capturing a reproduction of the mouth digitally. By using lasers and other optical scanning appliances, dentists can create a virtual, computer-generated model of the hard and soft tissues within the mouth. The scanning appliance captures clear and accurate impression data within minutes, without the necessity for traditional moulding impressions that some patients find messy and uncomfortable. After taking a scan of the patient’s mouth, a dentist can instantly share the digital impression to a lab where they can build dentures, crowns, bridges, and other restoration models are often made quickly and accurately.

What Are Digital Impressions?

A digital impression may be a virtual scan that makes a map of your teeth. This digital map allows dentists to look at a patient’s teeth on a display screen instead of employing a mirror, taking a mould, or watching an X-ray, which is the traditional method.
A digital impression is often captured by a series of digital photographs or by a digital video. Both methods capture precise measurements within the mouth and send numerous tiny images that are accurately stitched together by the digital impression machine’s software to make a particular map of your mouth. Most of the time patients can see these images on a chair-side monitor.

Advantages of Digital Impressions

For patients, the benefits of using digital impressions outweigh conventional methods. This advanced technology provides enhanced accuracy, efficiency, and productivity for patients. Additionally, it makes it feasible for dentists to scan or email the impressions virtually to the laboratory, instead of having to send traditional impressions by mail.

Additional benefits of using digital impressions include:

  • Overall comfort. Digital impressions are easier than moulding impressions, especially for those patients who have sensory issues or reflexes to cold material, and for those that have anxiety when undergoing dental treatment.
  • Eliminating the necessity for impression materials that are more susceptible to error than digital scans
  • Advanced impression quality leading to better-fitting restorations
  • Less chair time thanks to quick image scans. Most scans are often completed in 3-5 minutes.
  • Faster turn around. Digital files are often edited more quickly and sent to the lab faster than traditional moulding models.
  • Patients being more involved within the restoration process because they will see their impressions on-screen chairside.
  • A digital impression can easily be stored electronically, leading to less paperwork, more efficient record-keeping, and fewer required physical space for storing.
  • Eliminating the necessity for disposable plastic trays and impression materials that might otherwise find yourself during a landfill

Digital Impressions at RPD Dental Labs


Intraoral scanners or digital impressions are the future of Dentistry. Whether you’re using Sirona CEREC, iTero, 3Shape scanner, 3M True Definition or most of the other digital impression technologies on the market today, RPD Dental Lab can accept your files and make the very best quality restorations from a good sort of materials.
RPD Dental Labs takes pride in working with international European dental labs for providing skilled dental laboratory services to dental professionals over many years. At RPD Dental Labs, we follow stringent quality checks throughout the manufacturing process to ensure consistency and high standards.

To learn more about our services and the way to send your files, contact our experienced technical team.

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