What is an Intraoral Scanner?

An Intraoral Scanner is an advanced dental device that enables the precise and efficient capture of digital impressions of a patient's teeth and oral structures. Using cutting-edge technology, the scanner creates three-dimensional digital models, replacing the traditional method of taking physical impressions. By employing a handheld wand-like device, the scanner captures detailed images of the teeth and gums, which are then transformed into accurate virtual models. This technology revolutionizes the way dentists diagnose, treatment plan, and create restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and aligners.

Why would an Intraoral Scanner be needed?

Intraoral Scanners offer numerous advantages over traditional impression-taking methods. Firstly, they eliminate the discomfort associated with the use of traditional putty-like materials, making the overall experience more pleasant for patients. Additionally, the digital models generated by the scanner are highly accurate, ensuring precise treatment planning and fabrication of dental restorations. This level of accuracy can result in better-fitting restorations, reducing the need for adjustments or remakes. Moreover, Intraoral Scanners facilitate better communication between the dental team and the patient, as the digital models can be visualized in real-time, allowing for a clearer understanding of the treatment process.

Who would be a candidate for an Intraoral Scanner?

Intraoral Scanners are beneficial for a wide range of dental patients. Anyone requiring restorative or orthodontic treatments, such as crowns, bridges, dental implants, or clear aligners, can benefit from the use of an Intraoral Scanner. Patients who experience discomfort or have a strong gag reflex during traditional impression-taking methods may find Intraoral Scanners particularly appealing. Furthermore, individuals who value efficiency and accuracy in their dental treatments, as well as those seeking a more comfortable dental experience, would be ideal candidates for this advanced technology.

What happens during the Intraoral Scanner procedure?

During an Intraoral Scanner procedure, the dentist or a trained dental professional will gently guide the handheld scanner wand inside the patient's mouth. The wand emits a harmless light source, capturing detailed images of the teeth and surrounding oral structures. The patient is usually asked to remain still and relax throughout the process. The scanner creates a three-dimensional digital model in real-time, allowing the dental team and the patient to visualize the captured images immediately. This virtual model can then be used for treatment planning, fabrication of dental restorations, or shared with the patient for a comprehensive understanding of their oral health condition.

If you would like to come into the office to benefit from our intra-oral camera, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.