Intra-Oral Digital Scanners
Dentists for many years have been making molds (impressions) that all used for the laboratory to make crowns, bridges, and dentures. Today in our digital world, dental practice has moved forward and prostheses can be made by the laboratory from digital images.
The office has a digital scanner - a camera-like device that images -scans- the tooth or teeth and is sent to the dental laboratory for it to be processed. There are two advantages for the patient, the first, no need to sit with a mouth full of "mush" for 7-10 minutes. The second is that if there is a defect in the image it is seen before it gets to the laboratory unlike an impression which often goes to the laboratory and only then is the problem identified.
A win win for the patient!