Intraoral scanning: How to get off to a successful start in digital dentistry
We all have been there: Using new technology always requires some time to get used to. Switching from conventional impression-taking to intraoral scanning is no different. In spite of the initial resistance, ever more dentists see the benefits that digital technologies offer them in their day-to-day work and collaboration with their dental laboratories. How do you get started in digital impression-taking and what criteria should an entry-level intraoral scanner fulfil?
#1 Easy to operate
Intraoral scanners are easy first step towards digitalizing your practice. The importance is to use a device that is easy and intuitive to operate. The scanner should be ergonomically designed to comfortably fit in your hand. It should be compact and light and, most importantly, it should come with easy-to-navigate user-friendly software. This way, the procedures will be efficient from the word go, regardless of the level of experience you may have with digital technologies. Digitalize your workflows little by little and keep your tried-and-tested arrangements. A scanner that is straightforward to set up, easy to operate and comes with relevant video tutorials and hands-on training opportunities will see you perform your first 3D scans in no time at all.
#2 Affordable to purchase
The price tag is often a decisive criterion when purchasing an intraoral scanner. After all, the purchase price largely determines how quickly the investment will pay off for your practice. Just because a scanner offers a large range of features does not mean that it should involve high and foggy costs. The costs for a new acquisition should be transparent and comprehensible to everyone. When doing your return-on-investment calculation, you should consider any follow-up costs and whether you have to buy new laptops to get the processing capabilities required to run the scanner. Tip: Avoid service and license fees - look for an all-in-one solution.
#3 Precision is an indicator of quality
Besides user friendliness and affordability, the quality of the scan also plays a major role. Make sure you get an intraoral scanner that provides high precision. If you buy a state-of-the-art device that incorporates the latest technology, you will almost certainly achieve the greatest possible accuracy in your digital impressions. A precise digital impression is essential for the quality and accuracy of fit of the final restoration. After all, the aim is to discharge patients from the practice with a happy smile.
#4 Comfortable for patients
Relaxed, happy patients are the be-all and end-all of any practice. Compared to conventional impression-taking, patients usually find the swift, contactless, intraoral scanning procedure a great deal more pleasant. You and your patients will be astonished by the short treatment time and the possibility of providing better information by displaying and explaining their digital scan on screen.
#5 Collaboration with the laboratory
It should be possible to send the digital impressions to the laboratory without much ado to keep the processes simple and straightforward even after the scan has been completed. A fast and direct connection to the laboratory enhances communication and helps you liaise with your dental technician even more effectively. So that you do not have to change your regular procedures after you have taken your impression, your lab partner or dental technician should receive the scan file in an open format, which they can process in the usual way. This ensures a maximum level of flexibility, efficiency and reliability.
Digital impressions are the starting point for many treatments in the dental practice. Benefit from the new opportunities and take the first step forward into digital dentistry. VivaScan is a compact and intuitive solution for intraoral scanning. To get you off to an easy and smooth start, we offer a comprehensive range of training and consulting services so you can experience all benefits of digital impression taking.