Before our team of expert dentists can do anything about your smile, they need to know everything going on inside your mouth. They need to know:
In the past, there were only a few ways to get that information, and the most effective was the dreaded dental impression.
At Penn Dental Family Practice, that practice is becoming a part of the past! The iTero intraoral scanner, at our Locust Walk location, allows us to perform a dental scan instead of an impression. No longer do patients have to sit with a mouthful of sticky goo just to find that the impression slid and they have to do it again. The dental scan from the iTero scanner is quick, easy, and noninvasive. It will improve your dental experience from start to finish. Here’s how.
What does a dental scan have to do with you and your future? You may not realize the impact a tool like this can have on your dental care. We see it as one giant step of progress in the dental field which will improve your results long-term. Treatment is only as strong as the accuracy of the diagnosis. That’s why we’re glad to be at the cutting edge of this new development in dental technology!
The dental scans that we perform with the new scanner will be used in a variety of ways. Everything we do that requires a model of a patient’s mouth can benefit from this technology. It allows us to create retainers and other appliances, model braces, create Invisalign aligners, etc. What’s more, the model created by the dental scanner, is far more accurate than the kind you would get from dental impressions, down to the hundredths of an inch!
The dental scans developed by this technology aren’t just pictures. They’re three-dimensional models that have algorithms built into them to improve accuracy. Using the scans, we can model how your teeth will change over time with various forces applied to them, allowing us to better prescribe retainers, braces, appliances, and Invisalign.
The iTero dental scan is also very quick and easy compared to the most common dental impressions. Instead of placing the tray filled with the impression mold into a patient’s mouth, we perform a quick scan with a wand and look at results in real time. This allows us to better communicate with our patients about what we are seeing and it’s much easier on patients, especially those with strong gag reflexes.
The iTero scanner stands poised to revolutionize the way we do dental diagnosis here at Penn Dental Family Practice. If you have any questions about the scanner or want to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We can’t wait to show you what this new technology can do for you.