Making an Alginate Impression
Making dental impressions happens during your initial consultations. Your dentist will start by cleaning the teeth to remove any debris and allow the mouth to partially dry. Once this is done, they will mix the alginate powder with water to create a smooth, spreadable consistency. The mixture is then spooned onto a u-shaped impression tray that will fit onto the arch of your teeth. The tray will be firmly placed on the upper or lower teeth (depending on where the dental work is being done) for a couple of minutes. Let your dentist know if you experience a gag reflex. They may administer nitrous oxide, laughing gas, to stop the reflex and make you feel relaxed.
Getting impressions of your teeth is an important part of restorative and orthodontic treatments. Precise impressions help dentists make custom fitting appliances that won't cause irritation or discomfort. If you are worried about an active gag reflex, talk to your dentist. They are there to help you feel comfortable.