As you probably know by now, Medit recently celebrated the launch of a new lab scanner line-up last month with a global online event. While the specs are obviously fantastic on paper, what is most important is that the scanners pass the test of actual dental professionals. So, as a dental technician of 17 years, Adrienne Slevin was the perfect person to test out the new flagship Medit T710. Read on to find out what she has to say about it.
You were one of the first users to try out the new Medit T710 laboratory scanner. Can you tell us about your previous experience with Medit scanners? What other models have you worked with in the past and how does the new Medit T710 compare?
I have worked with many Medit scanners over the years, including the Identica SE, Identica Blue, T500, T300, and the i500 intraoral scanner. Regarding the new T710, all I can say is ‘amazing’! Just wow! I am never disappointed by Medit’s constant innovation. Each model raises the bar in the dental industry. Every new scanner collects more data faster, requires less clicks to complete the job, and has some perks that are unique to dental – such as importing IOS scans during your model scan. Not only that, the software is effortless to use and the all-in-one scanning technique is unquestionably easy and productive.
When using the new scanner, which function stood out to you the most and why?
That would be the quality of the first scan. No need to add scans! There’s rarely a need for scan spray. It’s virtually effortless to collect perfect data the first time around. Plus, thanks to the automatic positioning, you don’t have to think about the perfect angle.
Along with the scanner, Medit also launched the brand-new Medit Scan for Labs app. What’s your first impression working with the new software? Is there any feature you have found particularly interesting?
Overall the software is easy to use, has a simple interface, and requires less steps to get from beginning to end. I found it nice that the there’s no need to wait for processing before entering your next case. Being able to add intraoral scans with the i500 is a great perk for a lab’s workflow.
So based on your impression of the scanner and its software, what cases are you planning to use the T710 for and how do you think it will benefit your work?
Now it is truly possible to go modeless for impression scanning. I believe this will cut out the inconsistencies that are sometimes present in implant workflows due to having to use scan spray and adding a lot of scans which causes data errors. I feel that this will significantly reduce the labor involved with scanning dental models and impressions. Additionally, the T710 achieves great scans the first time on RPD frameworks and dentures including the interproximal/clasp areas.
Last, do you have any advice for labs that are currently considering investing in a new desktop scanner?
Going digital is somewhat intimidating due to all of the learning and adjusting that is involved. It is important to choose a product that is straight forward and can give you quality that you don’t have to question. Scanning is the first step to digitizing, if the scanning goes wrong the whole case can be askew. The tools utilized to capture patient information, specifically a 3D scanner, are vital for the success of each case that is going into a patient treatment.
So my advice would be: Choose a scanner that is easy to use and can achieve good data the first time and every time after that. Additionally, choose a company that is known for innovative technology. By doing so, you will continue to see improvements and innovations on your scanner well after the purchase. Medit is not hesitant to continue to invest on their line of scanners for years after release, so you will continue to see new and useful tools to make your life easier and more productive.
Thank you, Adrienne, for taking the time to answer our questions and for trying out the T710! It was a pleasure learning more about your experience with the new model and we are sure that your insight will be extremely helpful to readers who are currently considering their next lab scanner.
Adrienne Slevin has been a dental technician for 17 years and has worked as a CAD/CAM trainer for laboratory and clinical offices, as a manager of additive and subtractive manufacturing facilities, and as the director of technology and e-education for Dental Arts Laboratories. Currently she is a dental applications engineer at 3D Systems.