A digital scanner is a handheld tool that your dentist uses to take detailed images of your teeth. The scanner is used to take images of the interior of your mouth, including individual teeth, gum line, and existing fillings. Dentists can use the image to accurately detect problems or conditions in your mouth, such as cavities, cracked teeth, and gum disease.
What Are The Benefits Of A Digital Scanner Compared To Taking Impressions With Impression Material?
Digital scanners offer several advantages over traditional impression materials. Digital scanners offer the following benefits:
- Better precision
Digital scanning provides better precision, resulting in a more accurate fit. Since the digital model is sent to a lab, the dentist no longer has to take intra-oral impressions. This is more comfortable for the patient and eliminates the need for chemicals or putty.
- Improved safety
Digital scanning is much safer than traditional x-rays. Digital x-rays emit up to 90 percent less radiation than traditional x-rays. They also require no darkroom, so there's no need for hazardous chemicals or lead belts. The digital system also has a built-in, retractable sensor that protects against accidental exposure to radiation.
- Better patient communication
Digital dental scans allow a patient to see what problems the dentist sees. By presenting the dental scans to the patient, you can help them understand what the dentist sees during their appointment. This will help the patient feel comfortable and confident about undergoing treatment.
- Less discomfort
Digital scanning is much easier to handle than impression paste. The paste is messy and can have an unpleasant odor. Impression material also takes time to set, which can make it harder for you to move around as needed. With digital scanning, we can capture your bite with much less mess.
- Quicker results
For dentists and orthodontists, a digital scanner provides a quick way to measure the teeth. And digital scanning delivers more accurate results than traditional methods.
Digital Scanner Technology
Digital scanner technology creates 3D images of patients' teeth, gums, and oral structures. This helps dentists identify what issues a patient has and how to treat them.
The 3D images enable dentists to see beyond the surface level. They can identify problems beneath the surface that may have been missed during a visual examination. The images can then be shared with patients, so they can see the problems that have been revealed. This can help them better understand how the dentist plans to treat their condition.
At Wade K. Marler, D.D.S, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (253) 852-0480 or visit us at 17203 SE 270th Pl, Covington, WA 98042.