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Digital Impressions at Michigan

Posted by Kevin Goles on April 27, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Hey guys,


I just saw this new article posted on the University of Michigan's Dental School website. I'm sure many of you here have had impressions taken of your teeth or have even had the privilege to make alginate impressions yourself. As you know, alginate impressions are very messy and margins need to be perfect when you send them off to the dental lab. These types of impressions has been dominate in the field of dentistry for decades.


However, there is now breakthrough technology that gets rid of the alginate impressions altogether. The technology of digital impressions has been projected to be a huge part of future practices in the way impressions are taken. The digital impressions will seem to make the task of taking impressions more accurate and more cost-effective for dentists. This will eliminate the chance of an impression returned to you by the lab because of poor quality. Dentists who use this type of equipment report increased efficiency, lower remake rates, and better patient satisfaction, all of which can make a significant impact on the success of a dental practice.


There used to be only 2 dental schools that had digital impressions equipment for their students, UoP and USC (I believe). However, University of Michigan has now incorporated this new technology into their own program. Since I'm going to Michigan I decided to share this with the group. Located below is the link to the article with all the information about the technology and its incorporation into UofM's dental program.

http://www.dent.umich.edu/news/2011/april/3m-provide-digital-impression-making-systems


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