Intra-oral scanning is the most cutting-edge technology in orthodontics and general dentistry. An intraoral scanner, which is a type of advanced imaging device, is used to scan the inside of your mouth and teeth in great detail. Intra-oral scanning is painless, safe, and comfortable. It also provides us with the most comprehensive picture of your mouth, teeth, and smile.
What is an Intraoral Scanner (IOS)?
An intraoral scanner is a device that takes a direct optical impression of the teeth. A light source is projected onto the area to be scanned by the scanner. Imaging sensors record the photos which are then processed by scanning software to create a 3D surface model.
There are various types of intraoral scanners. Itero Scanneris a handheld intraoral scanner that helps to attain the 3D images of the mouth. It offers remarkable precision to the dentist which enables them to provide a better treatment plan for the patient. The device is directed towards the mouth which helps to capture multiple images that can be viewed in real-time.
What are the Applications of an Intraoral Scanner?
Intraoral scanners are used in dentistry to diagnose problems and fabricate restorations in prosthetics, surgery, and orthodontics. An intraoral scanner is used to obtain an imprint for a variety of prosthetic restorations, including inlays, onlays, single crowns, and fixed partial dentures. We use it to capture the 3D position of dental implants and create implant-supported restorations in prosthodontics. Digital imprints can be used to produce implants, crown, bridges, metal framework for implant retained dentures, removable dentures, and Invisalign orthodontic patient treatment trays.
An intraoral scanner like Itero Scanner is particularly useful in orthodontics for diagnostic and treatment planning. Digital impressions can be utilized to create orthodontic aligners (treatment trays).
What Happens During Intraoral Scanning?
During an intra-oral scan, you will relax in the dentist’s chair while we collect photos of the inside of your mouth quickly, gently, and painlessly.
An intraoral scanning slim, wand device is placed into the your mouth and moved over the surface area of the teeth to obtain the scan. The image(impression) will be displayed on a chairside monitor for both you and Dr. Wang to view as it is recorded.
A digital impression of the teeth only takes between 10-20 minutes depending on the extent of teeth/tissue being scanned. The dentist can magnify and alter the real-time image for more detail as they review it. After that, we’ll look at the scans and accordingly design a treatment plan for you.
Advantages of Intraoral Scanning
- The ability to instantly record the patient’s dental arch and create a digital 3D model eliminates the need for traditional impression techniques.
- Patients with gag reflexes are unable to tolerate the traditional method, which is why the intraoral scanning approach is highly valued.
- In comparison to traditional procedures, intraoral scanners have been shown to save time.
- It is a useful tool for patient education and communication which results in positive partnership with Dr. Wang as you work together towards reaching your improved dental health goals.