3D Scanners are changing the face of routine dental appointments. The 3D Scanner gives the patient a unique view of each tooth - enabling them to understand diagnoses and make informed treatment decisions.
The 3D Scanner is connected to a computing unit at the side of the dental chair. A pen-sized wand is inserted into the mouth to retrieve the images and they can be magnified to allow every aspect of the teeth to be viewed in full color. The 3D Scanner is an incredibly valuable tool, which brings dentistry to life.
How can the 3D Scanner help?
Utilizing 3D Scanners is a completely comfortable process for patients, and provides an honest assessment of the teeth. Here are some of a 3D Scanner’s main uses:
- Dental education – Education and preventive care are highly important in dentistry. The 3D Scanner can expose areas where home hygiene may be deficient. Any problems can then be resolved before complicated treatments are required.
- Exposing hidden problems – Conditions like gum disease and oral cancer may display easy-to-miss symptoms in their earliest stages. The 3D Scanner can more clearly highlight these issues to the dentist and the patient.
- Treatment planning – No matter how well a dentist might describe a condition, it is easier to understand the issue if it can be seen. Seeing tooth decay and problem teeth helps patients understand why certain treatments are recommended for maximum health benefit and aesthetics.
- Assessing progress – Some treatments impact the teeth slowly. The 3D Scanner allows treatment to be modified along the way, if necessary, to ensure the desired results are achieved.
- Eliminating uncertainty – One of the most common patient fears is that a dentist is performing unnecessary treatments. The 3D Scanner highlights problem areas, so that individuals are less likely to refuse necessary treatment.
- Referrals to specialists – On occasion, a patient may need to be referred to a specialist for complex treatment. If this specialist is able to view clear images of the teeth in advance, consultation times and costs can be reduced.
How will the 3D Scanner be used?
The 3D Scanner is the size and shape of a wand. It is covered with a disposable sheath, to ensure that no germs are transmitted from patient-to-patient. The slim wand is inserted into the mouth and rotated until clear pictures of every tooth can be recorded. The images are transmitted onto a screen and a digital 3-dimensional representation is created, which can be rotated around and viewed at any angle. One of the biggest advantages of the 3D Scanner is that it does not expose patients to radiation. The 3D Scanner is one of the most useful and versatile diagnostic tools available.
If you have any questions or concerns about the intraoral camera, please contact your dentist.