Going digital is a big decision. At DDS Labs, we want to help make your transition into the digital dental world an easy and smooth one. If you’re struggling to decipher which digital scanner is best for your practice, feel free to call one of our experienced team members for assistance. Whether you want to add intraoral scanning to your existing workflow or expand your digital footprint, 3M True Definition Scanners can help your practice reach new levels of patient satisfaction and profitability. Continue reading to learn more about one of the world's most trusted brands.
Why Go Digital in the First Place?
Digital dental impressions and the use of digital scanners are growing in popularity because they save time for both dentists and patients and improve the accuracy of impressions. By using optical scanning devices, dentists can create a virtual, computer generated model of the hard and soft tissues in the mouth. The scanning device captures clear and accurate impression data within minutes, without the need for traditional molding impressions that some patients find messy and uncomfortable. After taking a scan of the mouth, you can immediately send the digital impression to a lab where dentures, crowns, bridges, and other restoration models can be made quickly and accurately. Going digital saves time, money, and creates less waste for your practice.
With the digital dental revolution in full swing, digital impressions have become the “norm.” Practitioners can stay ahead of the curve with the True Definition scanner from 3M Oral Care. The scanner is small and user-friendly and thanks to its innovative and state-of-the-art design, effectively minimizes distortion and error. This is essential for taking accurate impressions and makes the 3M True Definition Scanner ideal for a wide variety of reasons.
What is the 3M True Definition Digital Scanner?
The 3M True Definition scanner has a reputation for being one of the most accurate on the market and for generating consistent results. This attribute is extremely important, since accuracy is vital for producing a perfect and precise-fitting restoration. 3M True Definition also has the smallest wand on the market. The wand is ergonomically balanced, making it easy to scan from multiple positions. However, teeth must be powder-coated prior to scanning. The 3M True Definition scanner can be used to scan single units, multiple unit restorations, and long span bridges. It can also be used for full arch dentistry and has been clinically proven to have a fit rate of 99.7%.
How Does the Scanner Work?
The 3M True Definition scanner offers an open platform and can connect to a certified design software and chairside milling machine. When moving the digital wand over the teeth’s surface, the 3M System uses an LED light and video imaging system to capture the data. This video feed then develops the digital dental model. Once the data is collected and the virtual model is created, the information is sent to 3M for processing. Upon completion of processing, the model is made available for download or a physical dental model is created.