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Inside Dentistry
May 2014
Volume 10, Issue 5

Streamlined Impression-Taking with Virtual® XD

Making first impressions with accuracy

Jason Olitsky, DMD, AAACD

Impressions provide information about a patient’s dentition, anatomic form, and soft tissue relationship when planning dental restorations. By accurately capturing the details of the patient’s mouth, impressions serve as a tangible tool to create precise and detailed representations of the existing or anticipated new tooth structure.

A recently enhanced vinyl polysiloxane (VPS) impression material, Virtual® XD (Ivoclar Vivadent,, streamlines the impression-taking process by making it both efficient and precise. Virtual XD combines the benefits of the classic Virtual impression material with advances that make it ideal for any type of restoration impression. The “extra-definition” wash materials produce more accurate impressions for better fitting restorations while simultaneously minimizing the need for retakes.

The material’s advanced wetting ability and moisture displacement capabilities contribute to impressions that reproduce the precise details of both soft and hard tissues. With optimized flow characteristics, Virtual XD reaches into the sulcus with deeper penetration, completely covering preparation surfaces. In addition to optimized flow, its color coordination of orange/blue and yellow/blue improves readability of the margins. The new automatic impression material mixer for 380-mL cartridges features a designated mixing program with two dispensing speeds for an optimal, void-free mix. These characteristics ensure that every anatomic detail is captured the first time.

Four viscosities (eg, putty, heavy body, light body, and extra light body) are available to cover a full range of impression needs. Additionally, the tray and wash materials (in a minty scent for patient comfort) are available in fast and regular setting times. As a result, Virtual XD enhances the reliability of the impression-taking process for obtaining more accurate and anatomically correct impressions at any restorative phase.

Impressions must be accurate and precise for dentists to provide laboratory technicians with proper and sufficiently detailed information for fabricating indirect restorations. Virtual XD enables dentists and their team members to capture detailed and durable impressions that preserve margins, detect fine anatomic details, and maintain their stability. Virtual XD materials are ideal for any type of impression—whether diagnostic or master—thereby helping to ensure a predictable restoration throughout the fabrication process.

key takeaways

• Optimized flow characteristics for deeper penetration into the sulcus and improved coverage of the preparation

• Advanced wetting ability for precise detail reproduction of both soft and hard tissue

• High tear strength to maintain the integrity of preparation margins and fine detail upon removal of the impression

About the Author

Jason Olitsky, DMD, AAACD, is past president of the Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and director of esthetics with Clinical Mastery Series.  He teaches portrait and clinical photography, DSLR video, smile design, full mouth rehabilitation and occlusion with Clinical Mastery and is clinical adjunct faculty with Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. He maintains a private practice in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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