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Intraoral Scanners What to Expect

Posted in Dental Care, Dental Dentures, and General Dentistry

What is it Like to Get a Digital Scan of Your Mouth?

Intraoral scanners are advanced dental tools used by dentists to create precise and detailed digital impressions of a patient’s oral structures, including teeth and surrounding tissues. Here’s an overview of how a dentist typically uses intraoral scanners.

Prepare the Patient

Before using an intraoral scanner, the dentist ensures that the patient is comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair.

The dentist may use a cheek retractor to keep the patient’s cheeks and lips away from the scanning area for better access.

Calibration of the Scanner

The intraoral scanner needs to be calibrated before use to ensure accurate and reliable digital impressions.

Calibration involves scanning a reference object or using a calibration wand to establish a baseline for the scanner’s measurements.

Application of Reflective Powder (Optional)

In some cases, a reflective powder may be applied to the teeth. This powder enhances the visibility of tooth surfaces and makes it easier for the scanner to capture accurate images.

Scanning Process

The dentist starts the scanning process by maneuvering the intraoral scanner wand within the patient’s mouth.

The scanner uses technologies such as structured light, laser, or other optical systems to capture detailed images of the teeth and surrounding tissues.

Real-Time Visualization

Many modern intraoral scanners provide real-time visualization on a computer screen. This allows the dentist to monitor the scanning progress and ensure that all necessary areas are adequately captured.

Capture of Multiple Perspectives

The dentist captures images from various angles and perspectives to create a comprehensive digital impression.

Special attention is given to areas where traditional impressions might be challenging, such as deep into the oral cavities or around intricate dental structures.

Review and Retakes (if necessary)

The dentist reviews the captured images on the computer screen to ensure that all required information is obtained.

If any areas are missed or if there are inaccuracies, the dentist may retake specific scans as needed.

Digital Model Generation

Once the scanning process is complete, the intraoral scanner software processes the collected data to generate a detailed 3D digital model of the patient’s teeth and oral structures.

Treatment Planning

The digital model can be used for various dental procedures, including restorative work, orthodontic treatment planning, and the creation of dental prosthetics.

Dentists can share the digital impressions with dental laboratories for the fabrication of crowns, bridges, or other dental appliances.

Erbsville Dental

Intraoral scanners offer several advantages over traditional impression materials, such as increased patient comfort, faster data acquisition, and the ability to create highly accurate digital models for treatment planning and fabrication of dental restorations. Erbsville Dental uses Trios 3 Intraoral Scanners for less invasive and higher detailed 3D digital models of your mouth.