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One of these advances is Medical Modeling®, which is a modern take on a traditional impression. Let's take a moment to discuss Medical Modeling® and how it can help us help our patients when it comes to restorative, surgical, and orthodontic care.
Medical Modeling® is a major step forward in dental care treatment, diagnosis, and patient education. Thanks to Medical Modeling®, a dentist can create a model of a patient's teeth and jaws, allowing for a much better view of dental health issues and various kinds of problems that may be affecting a person's overall wellness.
Medical Modeling® uses digital scans and impressions of the teeth as a foundation. From this information, a custom-fabricated model of a patient's teeth and jaw structures is created. This model is of the same size as the patient's mouth and face, using semi-transluscent materials as well as dense materials to create this model. This is above and beyond the plaster casts of the past, giving a dentist the benefits of x-rays and old-fashioned models.
With a Medical Modeling® model created, a dentist can carefully analyze the teeth and jawbone with much a greater degree of detail and intuitive understanding. The position of the teeth and tooth roots can be noted, as can the density of the bone structures. This can help dentists really craft an ideal solution for patients when it comes to oral surgery, orthodontic care, implant dentistry, and prosthodontic procedures.
Used in combination with other diagnostic techniques and treatment planning protocols, Medical Modeling® is an essential part of proper development and implementation of an advanced dental care procedure.
There are many benefits to having a three-dimensional model rather than relying on digital models:
The Importance of Actual Space – The model that's created is 1:1 scale and takes up actual space rather than a virtual space on a monitor. Sometimes seeing the structures of the mouth in person offers a better ability to gauge ideal treatments and approaches to treatment.
A Tactile Sense of Fit and Position – There's something to be said about the tactile nature of Medical Modeling®. With an actual model there, a dentist is able to see and get a sense for the actual fit of the teeth relative to one another and relative to the jawbone structures.
Excellent for Patient Understanding – Patients can sometimes get confused or lost when they're looking at x-rays, digital impressions, or even plaster casts. Medical Modeling® gives them a great view of the structures of their mouth, and a much better understanding of the procedure they will undergo.
Careful Analysis from Physicality – While digital impressions offer exceptional insight and minute detail, sometimes it really takes a combination of technology and actual models to get an accurate analysis of a dental patient's needs.
Medical Modeling® is just one of many technologically advanced tools we use to improve the health and wellness of our patients. We would be more than happy to discuss additional advances in dental technology with you during a consultation at our practice.
For more information about Medical Modeling® and how it can help you get the treatment you need, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at our practice looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.