The Importance of Integrating Intraoral Scanners into Dental Practices
In today’s age, the need to implement a digital solution has become more apparent given our society’s desire to always be on the cutting edge. You can now incorporate cone beam machines to plan the implant position, length, diameter and fabricate your own milled surgical guides. A milling unit can also be used to fabricate same-day restorations! In this article, we will be focusing on the beauty of intraoral scanners.
Intraoral scanners allow dentists to skip the conventional impression process entirely just by generating intraoral scans – this saves chair time and creates a more comfortable experience for your patients. Making a traditional impression can be a tedious process at times and there is also the possibility of your patient gagging and inaccuracies occurring.
If the dental lab needs additional information to be captured within the first impression, then the patient needs to be called back to redo the impression – this alone can be time-consuming and painstaking for the patients. However, with the use of an intraoral scanner, you can reduce the bulk of these issues creating a more accurate digital impression and at the same time, improving the clinical experience for your patient and producing optimal restorations.
THE BENEFITS OF DIGITAL IMPRESSIONS
SPEED and ACCURACY
With intraoral scanners, you will be relieved of having size trays or fabricate custom trays. In the event that you need to redo an impression, you can have immediate alterations to scan, which greatly saves time for everyone! Also, with intraoral scanners, you get to have instant chairside communication with your dental lab while your patient is in the dental chair!
With intraoral scanners, your patients will definitely have improved treatments and comfort. You will no longer put them at risk of gagging or having any allergic reactions to impression materials. Your patients will also be engaged in the treatment process with the help of chairside visuals. In addition, your patients will have reduced visits for the remakes of dental restorations.
Another great advantage of intraoral scanners is the fact that they are designed to be lightweight and ergonomic. Dentists will have quick convenient scanning, thus elevating rebooking of patients for new scans. With intraoral scanners, dentists will also have precise digital measurements to improve the overall quality of their work – just imagine, virtual measuring tools will help guide you with tooth design! Not only that, your communication with your dental lab will also improve when you use intraoral scanners.
Digital records will also be easily accessible as they will all be stored on file, and this will help you reduce the physical space needed for storing and finding files and models.
When you use intraoral scanners, you can expect a case to be started immediately upon receiving the scan. This is how same-day crowns are fabricated with in-house milling. Digital scans eliminate the possibilities of having bubbles and voids. If a digital model has some inaccuracies, then the scans can immediately be redone!