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why do dentists take impressions?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Impressions: Dentist take impressins for several reasons. Impressions ar used to duplicate a patient's mouth so we are better able to analyze the teeth and the bite during a comprehensive exam and forming a treatment plan for a patient. We also use impressions when we are making crowns, bridges, denture, implants, and braces where percussion fit is critical.
Dr. George Hanna
Dentistry 16 years experience
Many reasons: impressions are made to replicate the soft and hard tissue. Impressions are done to make partials, dentures and even make appliances to help protect the teeth. Impressions are made for various reasons.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
The first impression: The impression is used in dentistry to make an exact replica of the patient's teeth, gingiva, and surrounding tissue. Dental impressions are very common and are used almost daily in dentistry.

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