Every year thousands of dental restorations are performed. Along with extractions, these procedures are one of the most popular in the industry. There’s a lot of reasons that a patient may require an extraction. Among them are issues with medication, tooth decay, physical trauma, and the results of an illness. There are many benefits to restoring a damaged smile, with boosted self-esteem being simultaneously the least and most important. Restoration also sustains a healthy smile by retaining original dental tissue and supporting the rest of your teeth. One major concern that came when considering restoration is no real guarantee of what the results would look like. With Digital Smile Design this guesswork is a thing of the past.
What Is Digital Smile Design?
Digital Smile Design has revolutionized how planning dental procedures is done. This is accomplished using a combination of videos, images, and specialized digital imaging software this process. Throughout the planning, stage dentists are able to work closely with patients to determine what outcomes can be expected. When this process is complete, both can be confident of the treatment plan ahead, the desired results, and what to expect.
With using DSD comes numerous benefits, with the most important being this projection of expectations. The creation of this projection is achieved through the use of videos and images collected during the analysis stage. These are typically obtained using an intraoral scanner that can produce this imagery from a greater variety of angles. This results in a much clearer and complete picture of the patient’s mouth.
What Happens During Digital Smile Design?
Throughout the entire DSD process, your dentist will work closely with you. You’ll have ample opportunity to communicate your wants and needs during the consultation. This input will make it possible for your dentist to put together a possible projection of the results you want. They’ll also be able to determine if your goals are safe and achievable. As part of this process, the following will occur:
- Intraoral images will be taken and compiled as part of the consultation
- Potential outcomes will be created using the DSD software
- Composite images of potential outcomes will be created
- The cost, time, and difficulty of the procedures will be discussed
- The selected treatment plan will be created with your dentist
After you’ve finished all of the above, you’ll begin scheduling the next parts of your appointment. From start to finish, you’ll have the mock-up or model created during your consultation to guide your treatment. It begins with the removal of any fragments remaining of damaged teeth. Once this is completed and you’ve healed properly, the restorations will be put in place. Your dentist will do a final polish and shine to give your teeth the finished look you desire.
Start Your Digital Dental Design Process Today
The future holds the potential for a fantastic smile. When you call your dentist for a consultation, they’ll arrange a good time to get together. During your meeting, they’ll go over your oral health history, talk about goals and aspirations, and help you on your way. DSD is a powerful tool for both you and your dentist in planning the road ahead. Call them today to begin the process of getting a beautiful smile today!