What’s more pleasant than having to have an impression of your mouth taken with the drippy, gooey alginate material? Although alginate impressions do get the job done of getting a mold of a patient’s mouth, this traditional method tends to be uncomfortable for patients, are messy to work with, and not as accuration in terms of reproduction details.
With the constant innovations in dental technology, we at Ridge Commons Family Dentistry always try to stay up to date with the most current advancements and improve patient care. That is why we now introduce our most recent advanced integration into our office: the CEREC Primescan Intraoral Scanner.
What is the Cerec PrimeScanner?
CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics”. This system utilizes computer aided design (CAD) in order to create permanent dental restorations. This system uses digital imaging instead of requiring dental offices to take physical impressions of patients’ teeth. A component of the CEREC prime scanner is an intraoral handheld camera that creates a vivid and very detailed 3D image of the mouth.
What is the PrimeScan used for?
The PrimeScan is used for taking impressions of the current dentition in the patients’ mouth so that dental professionals can plan and design restorations such as crowns, veneers, and more. A full mouth scan of the patient’s mouth using the PrimeScan can also be sent out to a dental lab to plan for patients’ clear aligners as well as create well fitting night guards. The precision of the scans improve the precision of placing dental restorations such as implants as well.
How does this advanced dental technology benefit our patients?
In addition to helping us improve as dental professional by providing the most accurate and precise restorations for our patients, there are other benefits to the utilization of the PrimeScan in terms of patient dental experience:
- Quick, minimally invasive scans
- Scans are done at a single visit
- More well fitting and accurate restorations, night guards, etc.
- Less amount of adjustments
- Overall, more comfortable and low stress for patients!