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The Benefits of 3D Scanners in Dentistry

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

Technology is leading to more and more cutting edge treatments within dentistry and one of the most significant advancements has been the 3D scanner.

They allow us to diagnose, plan treatments, and create dental restorations. Used most

commonly for teeth straightening, implants, crowns and bridges, they allow you to see what your new smile could look like.

By creating an accurate model of your mouth, your dental team can see the exact position your new tooth or teeth will need to sit in.

This not only improves the quality and longevity of dental restorations but also reduces the need for multiple visits to complete the treatment.

Read on for our 4 main benefits of using 3D digital scanners.

Precision & Accuracy

Traditional dental impressions often involved some discomfort and could, occasionally, result in inaccuracies.

3D scanners have transformed this process by providing enhanced precision and accuracy.

These scanners capture detailed digital impressions of your teeth, eliminating the need for

messy traditional molds.

The resulting digital models are highly accurate, ensuring more precise treatment planning and construction of dental restorations.

Quicker Treatment Times

The implementation of 3D scanners has significantly improved workflow efficiency.

With traditional molds, the process of obtaining physical impressions, sending them to a dental lab, and waiting for the fabrication of restorations could take days or even weeks.

3D scanners allow for a much more streamlined digital process, allowing us to send your digital impressions to the dental lab within minutes. This means we get the final products back from the lab quicker.

This, in turn, reduces waiting times for our patients and enables faster treatment completion,

benefiting both you and our dental team.

Improved Patient Experience

The use of 3D scanners has greatly improved the overall experience for our patients.

You no longer have to endure the discomfort of traditional impression materials, as the digital

scanning process is non-invasive and quick.

Furthermore, the ability to visualise and explain treatment plans using digital models enhances your understanding and involvement in your own dental care, allowing you to see what the finished outcome will be so we’re even more aligned with your needs and desired results.

This improved communication has led to higher patient satisfaction.

Comprehensive Treatment Planning

3D scanners provide us with a wealth of information for comprehensive treatment planning.

The digital models generated by these scanners allow for precise measurements and analysis

of teeth and the surrounding bone structure.

We can accurately assess tooth alignment, occlusion, and other critical factors, aiding in the

diagnosis and treatment of various dental conditions.

This technology also allows us to create virtual treatment simulations, meaning we can plan and discuss treatment options with you before making a final decision on any procedures.

So, from diagnosis to treatment planning and restorative dentistry, you can see why 3D

scanners have become an invaluable tool for our practice.

As this technology continues to evolve, we can expect further advancements that will shape the future of dentistry, ensuring more efficient and effective dental care for you.

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