Exciting News for People who Hate Taking Dental Impressions!

April 12, 2017

Do you hate taking dental impressions (molds) of your teeth?

Do you gag easily?  Does the idea of a mouth full of impression material (a.k.a. goo, clay, putty, gobbledy-gook) make your heart race?  You are not alone!  You wouldn’t believe the number of patients who tell us they absolutely hate having dental impressions taken.  It can be uncomfortable for people with strong gag reflexes, small mouths, bony protuberances called tori or exostoses, or claustrophobia.  Get ready to meet the intraoral scanner!

We have great news for you: an intraoral scanner!

We are excited to announce the addition of the latest technology in intraoral scanning!  Prosper Family Dentistry is now proud to offer you an alternative to gooey, gaggy impressions: 3D intraoral scanning with the 3Shape TRIOS scanner.

What is an intraoral scanner?

An intraoral scanner is a digital camera that takes thousands of small pictures and knits them together in the proper spatial arrangement to create a three-dimensional digital model of your teeth.  It has a small handheld wand that is connected to a high-tech, super-graphics laptop computer.  The tip of the scanner (the part that goes in your mouth) is removable and interchangeable.  We have multiple tips, and we sterilize them between each patient.

How is a patient “scanned”?

It’s a very simple process!  The dentist or dental assistant will use the intraoral scanner to capture the images needed by moving the wand over the teeth in a back and forth motion.  The laptop makes a light clicking sound as the images are captured.  The scanning does not have to be done in a continuous session; you can take breaks if needed.  A full mouth scan of upper and lower teeth and the bite takes around 3-5 minutes.  No uncomfortable cheek retractors are necessary for this type of imaging, and the wand does not even touch your teeth.

Dental assistant Hannah using the Trios intraoral scanner

What is the scanner used for?

We use the intraoral scanner for almost everything for which we needed to take dental impressions.  This includes Invisalign, nightguards for TMJ and teeth grinding, retainers, crowns, bridges, and implant restorations.  Because the scans are digital, they are emailed directly to the lab, which means your case can’t get lost in the mail!