How Digital Dental Design Is Changing Dental Care

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Dental restorations are one of the most frequently requested and performed procedures. There are numerous reasons that a patient may need dental restoration. These can include illness, tooth decay, or physical trauma from an injury. Restorations have always been a popular option for those looking to restore a beautiful bright smile. Restorations are generally successful, but they’ve always suffered from one issue. There hasn’t been a satisfactory way to know the result. Digital Smile Design has changed all that.

What Is Digital Smile Design?

Digital Smile Design, or DSD, is a system used for planning dental care procedures. The system helps to provide greater predictability in results, as well as helping the dentist diagnose existing conditions. DSD aids communication between the patient and dentist by visually demonstrating the procedures the practitioner is suggesting. Using this system, the treatment plan actively involves both the dentist and patient and is produced following a thorough case analysis. The patient’s physical features such as teeth, gums, and lips are assessed during this analysis using photographs, videos, and virtual mock-ups.

When your dentist suggests getting DSD, they’ll schedule a consultation that covers the benefits of this method. Intraoral scanners will be used to create 3D videos and images of your mouth from every angle. These images are then imported by the DSD software and compiled for use. 


What Happens During Digital Smile Design?

You’ll be actively involved during the entire process from beginning to end. You must communicate your desires clearly to the dentist or DSD specialist throughout. Your input will be necessary to ensure you get the results that you’re hoping for.


  • Your image will be collected and compiled during a consultation
  • Resource files will be used to demonstrate the possible outcomes available
  • You’ll determine what price-point and procedures are right for your needs
  • A composite image will help you see the outcome you should expect
  • A treatment plan will be developed

Once you’ve approved the image and developed a treatment plan, it’s time for the next steps. Your dentist will speak with you about when to begin. During the whole process, you’ll have the model or mock-up as a guide to prepare you. Damaged teeth and fragments will be removed, restored teeth will be put in place, and any remaining work will be done. After it’s finished, a final polishing treatment will be applied to ensure your teeth are clean and shiny.

Start Planning Your Digital Dental Design Journey Today!

If you’re ready to see what the future may hold for your smile, call your specialist today! They’ll get together with you and go over your dental health history. They’ll identify problem areas, learn about what your hopes and goals are for your oral health, and get you started. If you decide that DSD is right for you, they’ll work with you to design your end result. Don’t wait to get started on the road to a beautiful smile. Call your dentist today and see if they have DSD available for you!


Alireza Movassaghi, D.D.S and Other Dentist Dr. Alireza Movassaghi brings 30 years of experience to the practice at Alvarado Family Dental Center. As a graduate of the USC School of Dentistry, he works tirelessly to expand access to dental care throughout the Los Angeles area. Along with his passion for expert dental care, he exhibits a love of soccer and beautiful cars.
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