Dental Intraoral Scanning

A digital intraoral scanner is a device that takes high-resolution images of the inside of a patient's mouth. These images can be used to diagnose dental problems and to plan dental treatments. The scanner uses laser light to create the images, and the images are displayed on a computer screen. The scanner is small and portable, and it can be used in any dental office.


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What is Intraoral Scanner?

Intraoral scanners are a relatively new technology that have revolutionized the way dentists take dental impressions. Unlike traditional impression trays and putty, which often require multiple tries to get a good impression, intraoral scanners can produce a perfect impression in a single scan. This is because the scanner captures all of the details of the teeth in three dimensions, whereas traditional methods rely on two-dimensional images.

The benefits of using an intraoral scanner are many. First, they are much more accurate than traditional methods, which means that the resulting dental impression will be more precise. This leads to fewer problems and less need for corrective dental work down the road. Second, they are much faster than traditional methods. A single scan with an intraoral scanner takes only a few seconds, whereas taking impressions with traditional methods can take several minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it painful?

Intraoral scans are not typically painful. However, if the patient has a high gag reflex or is uncomfortable with having their mouth open wide, the scan can be slightly uncomfortable. The scan itself is very brief, and most patients report that it is not painful at all.

How long does it take for the intraoral scan?

The intraoral scan takes a few minutes to complete. The scanner will capture a three-dimensional image of the patient's teeth and oral cavity. The image will be used to create a digital model of the teeth, which can be used for diagnosis and treatment planning.