Intraoral scanning is a digital dental impression technology that uses a handheld scanner to capture 3D images of your teeth and gums. The scanner uses a light source to project a pattern onto the teeth and gums, and then captures images of the pattern from multiple angles. The images are then processed by software to create a digital 3D model of your mouth.
Intraoral scanning has several advantages over traditional analog impressions, including:
- Accuracy: Intraoral scanners can create more accurate and precise impressions than traditional analog impressions. This is because digital impressions are not affected by factors such as distortion, shrinkage, or tearing.
- Comfort: Intraoral scanning is a more comfortable and gag-free experience for patients than traditional analog impressions. The scanner is small and lightweight, and it can be easily maneuvered in the patient’s mouth.
- Speed: Intraoral scanning is a faster process than traditional analog impressions. A full arch scan can be completed in just a few minutes.
- Convenience: Intraoral scans can be easily shared with dental labs and other dentists electronically, which can help to reduce turnaround times for dental restorations.
Intraoral scanning can be used for a variety of dental procedures, including:
- Restorations: Intraoral scans can be used to create digital impressions for crowns, bridges, veneers, and other dental restorations.
- Status Scan: To measure a visual representation to display to the patient, for example levels of plaque or other specific meaurements
- Orthodontics: Intraoral scans can be used to create digital impressions for Invisalign clear aligners and other orthodontic appliances.
- Diagnostics: Intraoral scans can be used to create digital models of the teeth and gums that can be used for diagnostic purposes, such as planning for dental surgery or implant placement.
Intraoral scanning is a relatively new technology, but it is quickly becoming the standard of care for dental impressions. If you are looking for a more accurate, comfortable, and convenient way to get dental impressions, ask your dentist about intraoral scanning.