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What to Expect in Dental Impressions?

Dental impressions are very common and used for many dental purposes. The impressions of the teeth and the mouth to form shapes and the formation of objects through it are the dental impressions. It creates a close replica of your set of teeth and the oral tissues. They help in creating mouth guards, accurate models, retainers, whitening trays, veneers, crowns, bridges, and dentures, etc. For your teeth and gum's comfort, a plastic or metal “horseshoe” shaped tray is chosen. However, for the top, bottom, or both teeth, that tray is molded. One can also say that they are the negative imprints of the teeth and oral cavity.

Need of Dental Impression by the Dentist:

Some patients require an extensive dental procedure. For that purpose, the dentist will take a dental impression. Patients preparing for a restorative procedure or a dental appliance, so the dentist will take a dental impression of their teeth. Therefore, it is one of the necessary steps that your dentist will take to proceed with the procedure. It helps the dentist to make sure that the appliance or restorative material will align around your teeth and current bite. This will also ensure that it will fit into your mouth easily. For a perfect fit, these impressions create an exact mold of your teeth. With the dental impressions, the dentist can


Ø  Help in creating a removable partial or complete denture.

Ø  Fix dentures or make bridges.

Ø  They can create a conventional dental crown.

Ø  It helps them to create custom whitening trays.

Ø  Analyze the relationship of the jaws.

Dentists can also keep a record of your teeth’ appearance in case of any damage, etc.


How Dentists Record Dental Impression:


Dentists will take a good primary impression. Before starting the procedure, the dentist should check the patient’s medical history. They should identify any allergies, diabetes, or any other medical condition. If the dentist finds any changes, so they must note them immediately. Dentists can use the stock tray to take impressions, but if the patient's arch is too large, then use the custom tray. Using a light body PVS impression material, the dentist takes the final impression. The main objective is to record all areas covered by the denture.


Public Myths around the Dental Impressions:


The biggest misconception about any dental health that the public has is that any dental procedure whether it is about impressions or others will only affect the teeth and the gums. People spread myths by word of mouth, and they are inaccurate. Most people present them as being factual, but in reality, they are not true. One of the myths is that seeing a dentist is not necessary if you have some problems with your teeth. Dental issues sometimes are not evident in the early stages. But as the problem progresses, it is the dentist who will notice the issue and treat the problem early.

Patient Expectations during the Dental Impression Visit:


All patients value excellent service, modern equipment, and pleasant surroundings and want their overall experience to be positive. They must be sure of the expertise of their dentist. With this in mind, today’s dentists approach dental problems, keeping all these things under consideration. Simple measures will make the patient feel more comfortable and at ease. For instance, a comfortable waiting room will give them a nice experience. Thus, they will feel that the atmosphere is welcoming and calm. Well-managed appointments also act as a key selling point and leave a strong impression on the patient.

Complications Faced by a Patient during Dental Impression Visit:

Dental impressions are critical. Before the impression is sent to the lab, one must avoid the potential errors, otherwise, the patient will suffer in the end. Poor tray selection is one error that can cause complications. It must be large enough so that it covers all the teeth. If the patient starts moving, then dental impressions can distort. Therefore, start chatting with them so that they don’t feel any discomfort or pain.

Home Remedies Availability:

There are many risk factors involved in any kind of dental treatment. For instance, some factors include poorly placed crowns or fillings, severe pain, dental infection, hot or cold air passing, etc. Thus, some of the home remedies include,


·      Try to avoid cold and hot foods.

·      Use Garlic, as it contains a chemical called allicin. This chemical acts as a natural antibiotic and can fight any tooth infection.

·      For any pain relief after the treatment, just bite on a cotton ball soaked in oil of cloves. It will help as pain relief.

·      Use certain herbs and spices as home remedies for gum inflammation and pain.

Signs and Symptoms of a Wrong Dental Impression:


Some unusual factors may cause errors. Identification of the problem, as well as the correction, is necessary at the right time. The following are some signs and symptoms of a wrong dental impression.


1)   Internal Bubbles:  As a result of fluid accumulation and air entrapment, internal bubbles occur. The main cause of bubbles is the trap of moisture, like blood, water, or saliva, in the impression material. On the margins of the preparations if bubbles occur, so they can negatively affect the fit of the prosthetics. Fluid accumulation might occur sometimes, so on the internal line angles of inlay and onlay preparations, if the bubbles occur, thus a substandard fit will be developed. Due to air entrapment, if the bubbles occur, so there is no compromise on the fit. Try to take a new impression and capture accurate detail.


On the internal detail of the impression, a bubble is found (blue arrows)


2)   Drags and Pulls: If you are using more viscous impression materials (e.g., putty or heavy body materials) then drags and pulls might occur. Upon tray insertion, long rounded depressions are left in the impression material and those resemble just like the cuspal edges of the teeth, then it results in drag. On the contrary, pull results when the material creates a fold in the material, usually at the gingival aspect. Some of the deformities result from


·      Insertion of tray in one motion,

·      Failure of the impression material, and it is not according to the teeth.

·      Impression material is not in a fluid state.

·      Rebounding of the teeth off the tray.



In the impression material, drags appear as rounded depressions

3)   Marginal Tears: A syringeable material with insufficient tear strength results in a marginal tear. Between manufacturer and viscosities, the tear strength will vary. Using a syringeable PVS in a thin, deep sulcus also results in a wrong dental impression. Marginal tearing also occurs if you, before the complete set of the syringeable material, remove the impression.



Syringe material following tear development at the margin


4)   Inadequate Impression Material Mixing: If the color is not uniform and with streaks, this is another sign and symptom that the impression material is combined incorrectly. The color must be uniform, consistent, and without streaks. With hand-mixed putty materials than the cartridge materials, streaking is more common. If the automix cartridge is not bled before attaching the mixing syringe, this may occur. Kneading quickly of the material with hand mixing putty is also a need for proper dental impressions.

Noted by streaking in the mix, there is an inadequate mix of putty impression material

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