Increasing productivity and efficiency are important advantages that dental lab scanners should deliver to users. Dr Ha Young Kim shared with us, how using Medit’s T500 model scanner has benefited his work as a prosthodontist. Here is what he had to say:
“The most basic and important task in prosthodontics is to acquire accurate dental impressions after tooth removal. This is to ensure that the clinic delivers accurate information of the patient’s oral environment to the laboratory which will be producing the prosthetics. Any problems with the impressions could lead to inaccuracies in the model. This will inevitably cause issues in resulting prosthetics made by the laboratory.
The most common material used for prosthetics is Polyvinel siloxane silicone. Silicone impressions are classified according to their viscosity and dentists use the material to make impressions for various purposes.
Impression made using Polyvinel Siloxane Silicone
The problem with traditional impressions is that you need to get an impression of multiple teeth all at the same time. Should there be issues in getting the impression of any tooth (or several teeth), the dentist would need to keep re-doing the process until the impression is perfect.
This will cause additional discomfort to patients and frustration on both the dentist and the patient. In addition, chair-time will also increase significantly taking into consideration the time taken for the impression material to set as well as the consultation and treatment time.
However, the digitalization of dental prosthetics has helped to lessen this discomfort.
As long as the parts required for the prosthetics are properly scanned, there is a method to create a new virtual model by superimposing the previous model with the new impressions.
Model Scan After the Inclusion of Implants
Process for Matching Individual Die to Model
Completion of Merged Data
In particular, when implants (pick up impression) and natural teeth are scanned together, the resulting impression of the natural teeth does not come out well. In such cases, the dentist can take additional scans of only the natural teeth and merge the data to avoid causing more discomfort to the patient.
The accuracy of digital technology is within the clinically acceptable range, so there is no compromise necessary in comparison with traditional impressions. In addition, digital dentistry seems to have alleviated much of the discomfort faced by both the dentist and patient when making traditional impressions. To maximize the advantages of digital dentistry, dentists should also make the effort to learn about the various useful features of digital equipment in order to better communicate with lab partners.”
Medit Model Scanner
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*This blog article was first published in Korean and has been reproduced with permission.