No more goop or putty in your mouth! Dr. Costa & Dr. Malone are one of the few dentists in Knoxville who have invested heavily into digital dentistry.
Digital dental scanners can easily take a digital impression of your entire mouth in less than a minute! Not only are digital impressions more comfortable, but they are much more accurate than old putty impressions that are messy and taste bad. If you require any crown, bridge, implant or even removable dental prosthetics, Dr. Malone or Dr. Costa will scan your teeth with our digital scanner and you’ll be able to see your teeth in 3D on our computer instantly. Ever need to have a putty dental impression retaken? With a digital impression, we simply scan over the tooth that needs to be modified and that’s it!
Digital dentistry allows Dr. Malone & Dr. Costa to evaluate the precision of their work down to microns! The digital impression software allows them to make sure teeth are adequately shaped so that an ideal crown or implant can be placed. Interested in an Invisalign or orthodontic consultation? We can scan your teeth and have them sent for immediate orthodontic consult without having to take putty impressions.
In-House 3D Printer
Once your digital scan is captured, it is sent securely to our in-house lab downstairs where Bob and our dental technicians can print your teeth with our 3D printer technology. These 3D digital impressions are also used to fabricate surgical guides for guided implant surgery, fabricate crowns and bridges for precise form and fit as well as design digital teeth for dentures and implant supported dentures. Designing teeth digitally allows us to quickly and easily make changes to form and function of your new teeth without having to go back and waste time taking new impressions.
Digital dentistry not only helps us to perform better dentistry and offer you a better product, but it also allows us to cut down on dental waste.
3Shape Trios Digital Scanner
For patients that are considering getting a crown or bridge, a dental impression may be required. This provides an exact mold of your mouth so that the crown fits naturally with your other teeth. A traditional impression may be uncomfortable as the taste of the material may affect you during the process. However, our office uses digital impressions, specifically the 3Shape Trios Scanner.
Benefits of the Trios Digital Scanner
The TRIOs Digital Scanner gets accurate results with little to no discomfort without typical impression materials. Here are the benefits of using a digital scanner:
- Real Color Scans: Your teeth are scanned to see natural colors to distinguish between teeth, gums and restorative materials; providing more accurate information.
- Powder-Free: There are no impression materials during the scan, leaving you feeling more comfortable.
- Faster Results: The chair time is reduced as the scanner will digitally compile without having to wait for the traditional impression material to dry, or prepare.
Once your impression is taken, the results can be shared easily with dental labs to build your new teeth. The 3d results can be seen from different angles and depths, making it much easier to get an exact mold of your teeth.