Traditional polyvinyl siloxane impressions may not be as feared as a shot of anaesthetic, but they come with nearly as much anxiety. Traditional impressions can make patients gag and induce a claustrophobic feeling. That is all eliminated with an intraoral scan. Intraoral scans are straightforward, involving just a small, wand-like probe passed around the dentition’s surfaces.
Traditional impressions involve the cost of impression material. If there a mistake, it must be remade, resulting in more expense. Once the impression is taken, it has to be boxed up and shipped to the lab. If the lab discovers an error that they cannot work around, the whole process has to be started over, resulting in more material and shipping expenses. Intraoral scans cost nothing to take and electronically transmit to the lab. The only expense is the price to ship the final restoration back to your office.
Taking a traditional impression can consume a lot of time. While it may only require a couple of minutes for the impression material to set in the mouth, there is still time involved in preparing the trays, cleaning up and shipping the impression off to the lab. If something goes wrong at any point in the process, it has to be done all over. Intraoral scanners only involve a quick and easy pass around the mouth, thus eliminating all the time wasted in the process. That efficiency allows more time in your schedule to see other patients.
Intraoral scanners are extremely accurate, and the results can be seen in your final restorations. Once the scan is captured, it can immediately be sent to the lab where its usefulness can be instantly evaluated. In the event there is a problem, that immediacy allows the doctor to rescan the patient while he or she is still in the chair, reducing the need for a recall. Another element of accuracy is colour matching.
Intraoral scanning not only makes your life easier, but it also makes your patients’ experiences much more pleasant. When compared to traditional impressions, scanners’ non-invasiveness and high degree of accuracy are a welcome alternative.
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