Dental restorations stand as one of the most frequent dental procedures performed with a dental extraction. The reasons for needing restoration can vary but usually involve physical trauma, tooth decay, or side effects of an illness or medication. Dental restoration comes with many benefits, including maintaining a beautiful smile and retaining healthy dental tissue. Unfortunately, it’s often difficult to get a clear idea of what the resulting restoration will look like. This remained true up until the introduction of Digital Smile Design, also known as DSD.
What Is Digital Smile Design?
DSD is a newly developed system that makes planning dental procedures easier and clearer. Using a variety of images, videos, and digital imaging software DSD is capable of providing a clearer view of what you may expect from the procedure. Dentists are now able to sit with their patients and use visual projections to discuss desired outcomes and possible treatments. Together, they’ll hash out a treatment plan with confidence, using the analysis process results to guide them.
There are numerous benefits to using DSD to plan dental procedures. The most important is the ability to use images and videos to create a projection for the treatment results. These images and videos are obtained using intraoral scanners. These scanners make it possible to get imagery from a greater range of angles.
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!