In order to make even one dental implant tooth or a whole mouth full of implants, an impression or "mold" must be made.
Gagging is sometimes an issue for some.
I have developed many techniques over the last decade to eliminate and/or greatly reduce gagging. Some techniques use a "triple impression tray," specially timed flavoring, custom trays and super fast setting materials.
The accuracy of fit of your implant crown or overdenture highly depends on the dentist's skill and making the impression. You would think that there is nothing to it, but it is fraught with complexity. The best dental implant surgery can be ruined by bad molding technique even causing the implant to fail.
Believe me, I have seen this too many times as an dental implant specialist in Burbank.
Some techniques require that the impression gets unscrewed from your mouth while others do not. These are called "open" versus "closed" tray techniques.
Here is a sample impression of six dental implants used to restore all the teeth on the bottom jaw.
The impression affects the passive fit of a dental implant bridge. This is critical to the long-term health of your bone around the crest of the implants. This means that don't want your implant teeth binding on the abutments. It should just fit right.
I know this all sound a bit too technical, but it is one of the most important part of making your dental implant teeth. I recently taught a course in Burbank to some dentists about the nuances of impressions.
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Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry