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Offering the Latest in Digital Dentistry: the Intraoral Scanner

For decades, dentists have used traditional dental impressions to create replicas of patients’ mouths. They use these replicas to craft restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and veneers.

But now, thanks to the emergence of intraoral scanners, dentists can get a much more accurate impression of a patient’s mouth in just minutes. We’re delighted to offer this technology at St. Leonards Square Dental Care!

How Does it Work?

An intraoral scanner is a handheld, wand-shaped device that uses cameras and latest optical technology to produce digital 3D images/models of a patient’s mouth. It works by scanning the surface of the teeth and gums and capturing images with its built-in cameras. These images are then processed into a detailed 3D model that can be used to create restorations, such as crowns, bridges, or veneers.

Safer imaging

Not only does the scanner provide better quality imaging results for diagnosis and treatment planning, but it also helps ensure greater safety for patients by using optical light as a way of reducing radiation exposure associated with conventional radiography techniques.

The Benefits for Patients

Accurate

Using an intraoral scanner has many advantages over traditional dental impressions. Firstly, because they are digital models, they are much more accurate than traditional impressions, which can be subject to errors due to the material used or incorrect placement in the mouth. This means that restorations created using intraoral scans will fit better and last longer than those created with traditional impressions.

And because the scanner can generate true colour models, it’s easier to accurately detect and capture tooth and gingiva shades and texture, and communicate this information to the lab to make an accurate prosthetic.

Comfortable and quick

Additionally, since there are no physical materials involved in taking an intraoral scan (unlike traditional impressions), there is no mess or discomfort for the patient throughout the process, making it a quicker and easier experience.

Safer imaging

Not only does the scanner provide better quality imaging results for diagnosis and treatment planning, but it also helps ensure greater safety for patients by reducing radiation exposure associated with conventional radiography techniques.

What Patients Can Expect

Dr Andrew Lau (Dentist) uses the intraoral device to scan the lower arch, then upper arch, and then the bite relationship. The software utilises all scanning images and data to work out the models for 3D printing.

He uses the intraoral scanner mostly for the following: clear aligners, crown and bridge work, implants and dentures, and all the dental treatments that require dental models. With the software provided by the scanner company, he can also perform a smile design.

For more information on our advanced technology or to book an appointment, contact us today!

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Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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