Digital Scanning And The Future!

Do you hate the idea of having messy and uncomfortable dental impressions? You are not alone! Lots of people find it difficult to tolerate ordinary tray impressions where a soft impression material is placed in the tray and which is then fitted in your mouth and left to set. Although it only takes a few minutes for the impression material to harden, it can seem like a lifetime for some people. A good dental impression is necessary, so your new dental restoration can be accurately fabricated but thankfully, here at Sequoia Dental, old-fashioned impression trays are a thing of the past. 

The iTero™ scanner is an intraoral scanner that utilizes digital image making technology to take a virtual impression of the dentition rather than having to use conventional trays and impression material. The scan creates an incredibly accurate 3-D model of the dentition for use in diagnosis, treatment planning and appliance fabrication.

The scanner effectively eliminates the need for traditional impressions in most instances. As we all know, impressions can sometimes be unpleasant and uncomfortable for patients and is often a source of stress, particularly for orthodontic patients with a strong gag reflex. The iTero™ scanner reduces many of the un-pleasantries and inefficiencies associated with traditional impressions and is neater, more comfortable and extremely accurate.

Additionally, the scanner Sequoia Dental will be using features the Invisalign®/Orthodontic Treatment Simulator, a brand new chair side application that allows patients to visualize how their teeth will look after treatment before actually starting treatment. The simulated outcome will make it easy for us to show your patients some of the possible benefits of orthodontic treatment on the same day as their consultation allowing for enhanced patient communication and education.  The iTero™ Scanner creates a digital “map” of the patient’s mouth as a wand is moved over the surfaces of the teeth quadrant by quadrant, collecting a series of extremely high resolution pictures. The software then pieces the quadrant scans together to create a full mouth 3-D view of the arches and occlusion.