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By Anna Hill
This wireless and portable oral scanner allows for quicker, more convenient dental care.
Dental impressions are a key step in preparing patients for a number of dental needs, such as mouth guards, retainers, crowns, veneers, and dentures, among others. Dental impressions of someone’s mouth create a replica of their teeth and/or gums so that accurate, contoured restorations or prosthetic apparatuses such as crowns or implants can be created for each patient. However, the traditional analog method of taking dental impressions is done via a tray full of gelling liquid, which can be tedious and uncomfortable for the patient. A convenient alternative, the 3Shape Trios Intraoral Scanner is wireless and handheld, allowing impressions to be taken digitally, which speeds up the process and reduces patient discomfort.
How It Works
An intraoral scanner is a medical device that is used to directly capture digital impressions of the teeth or other areas inside the mouth. This scanner projects a light source on the target area of the mouth, which then uses imaging sensors to capture this area. This is then processed via imaging software, which in turn will create a 3D model of the teeth or mouth.
It often only takes a minute or two to digitally scan the patient’s mouth, and as this is happening, the imaging will appear in real-time on a monitor for the clinician to inspect and manipulate to show enlarged detail if necessary. The 3Shape Trios Intraoral Scanner uses the latest in AI technology for these digital scans, which improves the overall quality of the dental impressions.
There are a number of key benefits for using a digital intraoral scanner instead of the traditional method of taking impressions, including:
Less patient discomfort.
The traditional method of taking impressions can be uncomfortable and tiring for the patient’s mouth and jaw and can even trigger their gag reflex.
Analog methods of taking an impression involve pouring casts and creating plaster models. With digital scanners, the virtual model can be sent immediately to a 3D printer.
If any error is made while making an analog impression or model, starting over can be a hassle. With digital scanners, the virtual model can simply be deleted and quickly done over again.
Furthermore, the accuracy of the 3Shape Trios scanner line has been proven to be higher than analog impressions, ensuring that the restorations or prosthetics for the patient have a precise fit. These digital scanners not only simplify the process of impressions, but make it more convenient and more comfortable as well. HS