These digital impressions systems replace the tray and putty method of impressing patients with a highly detailed digital scan of the tooth prep area. This technology-driven process eliminates the imprecision synonymous with conventional impressions. It also improves communication between the dental laboratory and the dentist, increases productivity, and lowers rejection rates.
Big manufacturers are excited about the potential of this technology. In 2006, 3M purchased Brontes Technologies, a developer of proprietary 3-D intraoral imaging technology IOS, for $95 million. Another interesting system is the Cadent iTero™ .
Here’s how the Cadent iTero™ works: Once the digital impression is captured, it is reviewed on screen for accuracy and the margin is identified. Then it is emailed to Cadent’s manufacturing facility for milling into the physical model. That model is then sent to the laboratory for restoration fabrication.
As the company states:
“With significant benefits such as increased patient satisfaction, improved clinical outcomes, and enhanced office efficiencies, iTero will change your impression of digital impressions.”More information can be found at: http://www.cadentitero.com/
Clearly this area of digital technology is quite exciting. Initially, it seems like there will be a hybrid of both traditional and digital impressions.
But, how fast is it the adoption of digital impression systems going to happen? Is there interest from patients, clinicians and labs? Will it have the major positive effect on the Crown, Bridge and Implant process in the dental office and laboratory that manufacturers are claiming? Would you consider using digital impression your dental practice or lab?
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