Anxiety with Impressions
With more than 10 million Americans suffering from orofacial pain, alternative methods for completing dental procedures in order to accommodate sensitive patients are necessary.1,2Orofacial pain, specifically jaw pain, can present in a variety of forms, including restricted mouth opening, pain while moving the jaw or mouth, and fatigue while the mouth is open. However, many patients suffering from these problems still require impressions for different dental procedures.
Ideal impressions capture the fine detail of the oral cavity, which include excellent margins and exact replicas of the soft and hard tissues, in order to serve as the foundation for future dental treatments. For patients suffering with jaw pain, the impression taking procedure can be an anxiously unclear and uncomfortable experience. However, with the following tips, dental professionals can relieve patient reservations while still obtaining accurate impressions.