A dental impression is performed to get a detailed model of your existing dental structure. The dentist will place horseshoe-shaped trays full of a gel like substance into your mouth for a few minutes. As the gel hardens, it captures an impression of your teeth and surrounding gums. The trays are then removed and taken to the laboratory to build a model of your teeth. The model gives your dentist the dimensions of each tooth, and shows the available space for any missing teeth.
Dental impressions may be completed for a number of reasons, and these can include: