Intraoral Scanner
Intraoral Scanner

What is a scanner in dentistry?

Dental digital scanning/impressioning makes it possible for dentists to map their patient’s oral cavity. A digital scanner consists of a wand-like device that attaches to a cord on a computer. The computer has scanner software that helps provides the final result of the dental scan. 

What is an intraoral scanner?

An intraoral scanner is used to make digital molds in dentistry. With intraoral scanners, there is no need to use different pastes to mold the mouth, and the feeling of a foreign substance entering the mouth is eliminated.

The scanner casts a light source on the desired area, which takes a large number of pictures with image sensors, which are processed using scanning software and finally displays a 3D image of the teeth and gums. It is one of the best digital devices in dental equipment that is so powerful and efficient that it eliminates the need for traditional methods.

By purchasing an intraoral scanner and adding it to your clinic’s specialized equipment, you will have many opportunities for a better experience.

Application of intraoral scanning:
Intraoral scanners are used for a large number of problems, but most commonly used in dentistry and for casting. For example, one of its most important applications is molding for dental implants.
Through scans and accurate data, the location of the lost tooth and the condition of the teeth around it can be easily examined, and this has made it possible for doctors to make the implant and cover it with great precision.

Why use intraoral scanner?

Intraoral scanners provide an intuitive and accurate way to take models for orthodontic treatments such as braces, diagnostic models, mouth guards or clear aligners. The piece required can be fabricated by the lab directly from the 3D impression taken of the patient’s mouth.


3D printing of aligners, crowns, dentures, restorations, bridges, or splints can be done from intraoral scans. The procedure involves four steps as mentioned below:

Scanning: Take multiple images of the buccal cavity using a dental intraoral scanner or obtain scans of a physical model using a desktop scanner.

Designing: Transfer the scanned images to the computer where a CAD software processes and same and builds a model to the exact specifications or dimensions.

Printing: Post designing the model of the broken/missing tooth, the digital files are sent to a 3D printer for printing.

Preparation: After the 3D printing of the model is over, wash and then dry the same to be fitted in the mouth of the patient.

Thus, digital 3D printing is more efficient and quick than preparing models of stone or any alginate material a la traditional method.

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