Dr Abhi Sharma, from Cooloola Cove Smiles at Tin Can Bay – designing a crown on the three-dimensional scan
Intra oral scanners are replacing the need for “impressions” – (the mouth full of goo that tests your ability to breath through your ears).
The scanner works by taking hundreds to thousands of single images of the area being scanned and they all piece together to give a three-dimensional movable image which can be saved and viewed on a computer screen.
From here dentists and dental laboratories can design and create:
Full coverage dental crowns
Accurately shaped dental onlays (restorations made outside of the mouth)
Precise fitting implants
Comfortable fitting guards (snore appliances, anti grinding guards, etc.)
Full mouth orthodontic plans (for children and adults)
At Cooloola Cove Smiles, we believe this new technology is such a great advancement as it increases patient comfort, decreases crown production time and minimises the use of disposable products.
When these digital impressions are used alongside digital radiographs for orthodontic plans, we can then show the patient the changes they can expect to see to their tooth placement and profile.
These anticipated progress pics can help patients and the dentist decide on the best possible treatment required.