With an Intraoral Scanner, we can produce digital impressions of your oral cavity quickly and easily. This technological step is one way that we at Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona put our patients needs first. The intraoral scanner means no gummy, sticky molds filling your mouth, Ronald Watkins, DDS, MS can acquire precise true color, 2D and 3D digital impressions in seconds. We can see the teeth and the amount of bone available, which is necessary for placing dental implants. At Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona, we are striving to take the guesswork out of your care meaning less time in the dental chair. The intraoral scanner allows us to have accurate results, more accurate than ever before.
Traditional Dental Casts and Molds
The standard for many decades in dentistry has been to create a negative cast of your teeth using a mold that is then turned into a plaster set of teeth. This process involved the patient biting into a tray of gummy material and required as much precision in that bite as they could muster: any movement or slip was grounds for a repeated attempt.
Some of the problems that can arise when making a hard mold include:
|The impression material not setting correctly.
|The temperature in the office is too hot or too cold affecting how the mold sets.
|The mold staying in the patient's mouth a bit too long, or not long enough.
|The physical mold getting lost or mislabeled by the dental lab.
This has meant that the periodontist have had to make corrections, alterations, or at times even send the prosthetic back to the lab for adjustments. The patient then has to schedule a third, or sometimes even fourth, appointment before their prosthetic is placed.
The Intraoral Scanner Difference
Using an intraoral scanner eliminates the mess, eliminates the room for error, and means that your impressions will never be lost or mistaken. With this device, Ronald Watkins, DDS, MS can take high-resolution digital impressions quickly and accurately. These digital images are reviewed, saved, and can easily be digitally transferred to a dental lab for the fabrication of your dental appliance. Also, these images allow us to get a real sense of the patient’s available bone density; this is important when creating a treatment plan including the placement of dental implants.
Intraoral Scanner benefits include:
|Precise Measurements: The images taken with the Intraoral Scanner deliver extremely precise measurements.
|High Quality Images: No mess ups, no worries about the images being distorted, only high-quality images.
|Speed: The intraoral camera takes images, without molds or mess, in less than five minutes.
|Digitally Saved and Shared: The images taken with the Intraoral scanner are digital. This means that we save them to your file and can share them with the dental lab immediately.
|Less Chance for Error: A common problem in dentistry is the need to adjust and request changes from the dental lab. With the images taken from an intraoral scanner, the chance of something going wrong is nearly eliminated. The incidence of error is almost entirely eliminated.
|Orthodontics: For orthodontics, including designing a treatment plan with clear aligners, the digital impression is a game changer. We can show the patient their current positioning, and alignment position after treatment.
Technology helps us help you, and the difference is immense. For more precise treatment planning, contact Ronald Watkins, DDS, MS at Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona today. (480) 504-0506