An intraoral scanner is a device used in dentistry to capture optical impressions and detailed digital images of your mouth. A light source is projected from the scanner onto the area to be scanned and then the images are captured by imaging sensors as the scanner moves. The images are processed with a special software that creates 3D models of the mouth.
To begin the scanning process, the dentist inserts the intraoral scanner into your mouth and moves it over the surface of the teeth and gums. The captured images also appear on a chairside monitor in real-time. The whole scanning process takes around a minute or two to complete. Once the images are obtained, they are easily transferred, enlarged, or copied.
We use the intraoral scanner for more accurate diagnosis, for more precise treatment planning, and for fabricating dental restorations, prostheses, and orthodontic appliances. Intraoral scans are useful in reducing treatment time and ensuring better treatment results in restorative and preventive dental care as they capture more detailed, high-quality images of all the hard and soft tissues in the mouth.
To find out more about the benefits of Dandy Intraoral Scanners, reach out to Vose Family Dentistry in Mankato, MN. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Vose, call us at (507) 387-2255, book online, or visit us at 220 E Main St., Mankato, MN 56001.