Digital intraoral scanners have taken the traditional practice of taking a dental impression of your teeth to a whole new level. They are touch-free, comfortable, precise and 100% accurate. To top it off the 3D model of your teeth that is generated is easily stored and transferred as digital data.
There are a lot of benefits of intraoral scanners – these can best be described by comparing this new dental technology with the old way.
What’s the difference between traditional and digital impressions of your teeth?
The traditional way of taking a dental impression can be rather uncomfortable and messy. As a dental patient, you have to endure the application and setting of a lot of gooey rubbery PVS material all over your teeth for up to 20 minutes. All the while, you may experience unpleasant sensations such as gagging & choking.
From there, your dentist has to cast a mould of this impression to assist with the design of your specific smile makeover treatment. This can take days or weeks to complete. As a result of this delay, you’ll need to come back for a 2nd or 3rd visit.
On the other hand, digital scanning simplifies the dental impression process and reduces the turnaround time to just a few short minutes. This is achieved with a small wand-like tool called an intraoral digital scanner. The intraoral scanner takes a 3D impression of your teeth and oral cavity using laser light. You can even watch the 3D model of your teeth being generated on screen with each pass of the wand until a highly accurate 3D model is complete.
A wide range of dental restorations that fit perfectly and look spot-on can be created from this 3D model. Not only that, the whole digital process – from computer to 3D milling machine – means that a dental restoration can be designed, fabricated and fitted in a single dental visit.
The benefits of intra-oral scanners
To sum up, the benefits of digital intraoral scanners include:
- Time savings
- Comfortable patient experience
- High accuracy of 3D dental models – that means NO errors.
- Perfect fit of any dental restoration including crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays and veneers.
- Suitable for orthodontic and implant treatment.
- Connects with Invisalign digital process.
- Diagnostics and patient oral health monitoring, including tracking the rate of tooth wear and tear.
- Faster collaboration with other labs.