About Digital Impressions
Have you visited the dentist before and been told that they need to take an impression of your teeth? Typically, this process entails biting down into a messy concoction in a mouth tray, sometimes inducing a gag reflex, and waiting for the material to set around your teeth in a mold. Some patients can’t stand the taste or the feel of the material in their mouth, and it often requires staying in the office longer. At City Smiles DC, the comfort and care for our patients is our top priority. This includes providing the latest in digital impression technology, so that your valuable time with our board-certified dentist, Dr. Stuart Ross, is spent discussing your needs and that solutions are comprehensive. Let us take a look at what digital impressions can do for you.
We can use 3D models, produced by digital impressions, to make the production of dental restorations much smoother and more precise. We commonly use the digital impression when creating restorations for dental implants, dental crowns, onlays, inlays, dentures, and more. Don't let messy molds of the past keep you from visiting the dentist. You now have other options.
"This review only contains a rating"- A.P. / Google / Mar 19, 2017
"I was referred to Dr. Ross for veneers. Wow.....I've never felt so comfortable in the dentist chair until my visit at City Smiles. Dr. Ross and Tina were so professional, warm, and comforting. I had a lengthy procedure - 6 veneers in one day. The technology they offer creates veneers almost instantly. They talked me through every step of the process. I highly recommend Dr. Ross for veneers and plan to use City Smiles for my regular visits."- K.A. / Yelp / Nov 27, 2017
"A completely different experience than I am accustomed to from a dental practice. I have been to two types of dentists before. One has the dentists doing the cleaning and x-rays and just about everything else. The other had a hygienist do the cleaning and the dentist would come in for about 10 seconds and say "You need to brush and floss more". In either case the level of care was probably average. Dr. Ross's office was a completely new experience. Based on his credentials and the scattered gray hair (he seems to have a great humbled sense of humor too), he has been practicing for a long time so he has a lot of experience, but it looks like he keeps up with all of the latest technology and has not stagnated. Some of the equipment is impressive. I am an Engineer so it was interesting to hear about some of it and Dr Ross was excited to show me. Dr. Ross spent more time with me than any other health care provider I have ever seen. He took many close up digital images of my teeth from every angle and used a digital X-Ray machine. He was instantly able to show me exactly where the problems were and it was very clear. I could also see quite clearly that I needed to get a sharper razor. All of the other dentists I have been to look with their eyes and try to explain in words what they are seeing. It might be obvious to them but the pictures really helped me. The hygienist was very professional and thorough. If your hygienist is not referencing X-Rays and close up images as they are cleaning your teeth and gums, they are behind the times. They are flying blind. You might get out of your dentist with a checkup and cleaning for $99.95, but it looks like Earl Sheib cleaned your teeth. By the way, the 1990's called, they want their dentist back.The receptionist staff was friendly and patient. I think with the proliferation of online reviews, many practices are paying more attention to how patients are treated by employees other than just the doctor. I have noticed an improvement at other dentist's/doctor's offices and it is very clear here that it is important. Dr. Ross was forthcoming on the costs of the various procedures I should consider, some of which he could provide and others he could not. Once I saw the pictures and he explained how not fixing certain issues would degrade my teeth faster since the hard enamel is worn or chipped, it made sense what I needed to do. I have had a few crashes/hits that affected my teeth so I was not expecting the best report card, however, I did not feel pressured to do anything at any point. In fact, I left the office without making any follow up appointments. No medical procedure is cheap so there are tough decisions to be made. I will be going back to have some more work done soon though, and will schedule the rest over time. I would rather deal with the issues up front while I am younger than be getting a ton of bridges, root canals, implants ... when I am 75 which would ultimately cost a lot more money. And I will have better looking teeth now. Probably like remodeling the kitchen right after you buy the house or right before you sell it. Do I want a nice smile now or do I want to look good at my funeral? I came in from Rockville to specifically to see Dr. Ross because my wife went to see him based on the great reviews and a recommendation from a friend. She had nothing but good things to say when she came home and had two teeth perfectly repaired. There are plenty of other dentists between my house and the middle of DC but I felt like I needed to re-baseline what I should expect from a dentist. Glad I went. There is a good pastry shop, Paul, right around the corner too. Dirty up all of the work you just had done. 3% of the reason I trekked in to DC. And no matter what they say, those donuts are not "oven baked" they are deep fried. Maybe I should write a review of Paul while I am at it."- R.B. / Google / Nov 12, 2017
"Amazing experience. No pain, clean teeth, lots of knowledge, high tech without the price. Don't forget the M&M dispensers everywhere!!! Keeps you coming back!"- M.R. / Yelp / Oct 24, 2017
"Dr. Ross and his team are wonderful. Highly recommend checking them out!"- B.S. / Google / Oct 22, 2017
What to Expect
At City Smiles in Washington, DC, Dr. Ross uses a device known as the CEREC® Omnicam to create an accurate digital impression of your mouth. But how does the Omnicam work? The Ominicam is comprised of 3 pieces of equipment: the scanning wand, the scanning machine, and monitor for the 3D display. Using the scanning wand, Dr. Ross scans sections of your teeth. On the monitor, the pieces are joined together in a 3D model that you can move around, zoom in, and analyze for flaws. If a mistake is made, Dr. Ross can simply rescan the area for a more accurate print. If we had been using dental molds for the impression, a mistake would require the patient to return and make another mold of their teeth. Using the 3D model, Dr. Ross can point out where your problem areas are, and show you what the end result could be of your treatment (all of this, right from the chair you’re sitting in).
We can contact your insurance provider to see if digital impressions are covered under your current dental plan. We can discuss the anticipated costs, insurance coverage, and/or out-of-pocket expense at your private dental consultation at our office. Also, keep in mind that each patient has different needs and different dental problems. We can walk you through the process at your appointment.
Patients have let us know how much they loved their new dental restorations, and how comfortable they feel. We can thank their digital impressions for a lot of that comfort, as this digitized version is more accurate in creating the restorations.
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Are you due for a new restoration or other dental treatment, and want an accurate assessment of your oral health? Trust in digital impressions by Dr. Ross at City Smiles DC, where Washington, DC patients can get a more accurate view of their mouths for the work that needs to be done in collaboration with their own dental provider. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ross, and if you’re due for a dental implant, dental crown, or other treatment, you can trust that a Omnicam digital impression will assist in the process.