• Dr. David Alfaro

Why we use digital impression technology!


Have you ever experienced those traditional paste and tray dental impressions?


If you ever have, you will know that it is not a very pleasant experience. I clearly remember the day that we were learning how to take alginate impressions on each other in dental school, and my partner had to try over, and over, and over again, until he nailed the perfect impression. It was not fun.

Well those days are in the past! Dentists can now take dental impressions without the mess and fuss!

Digital impression technology has been around since the early 1980's, but has made HUGE strides over the last couple of years. We now have intraoral camera systems that are able to take impressions faster, and for many systems, more accurately than with the traditional pastes.

We take virtually all of our impressions with our Trios 3 scanner by 3Shape, and our patients are always blown away when they see the 3D full colour image of their teeth appearing on the screen in seconds. The scanner let's us take impressions for virtually everything, including: nightguards, Invisalign®, sportsguards, crowns, bridges and implant dentistry. It is so versatile.


I had the opportunity to study digital impression technology extensively during my master's project so it is kind of a passion of mine. If you are interested in seeing the technology in action, come on by! We also regularly hold study club sessions at the office so if you are a dentist interested in learning more, please give us a call for more information on the next session.

If you want more information about digital impressions, check out my video on the 5 pros and cons of digital impression technology.


Thanks for reading and watching!

Please like and share if you have found it to be educational!

Dr. Dave

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Nelson Avenue Dental

623 Nelson Avenue

Nelson, BC V1L 2N4

Tel: 250-354-4244

Email: info@nelsonavedental.com

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