Dentistry has come a long way with the help of advanced technology. One of the most useful and important pieces in a modern dental practice is the intraoral dental scanner. As a dental assistant, you’ll need to be familiar with why this piece of technology is important and what types of treatments it’s often used for. Read on as we go over some basics of intraoral dental scanning.
Intraoral Dental Scanning 101
The intraoral dental scanner is the latest and most effective way to digitally capture full-mouth impressions. This advanced piece of equipment can collect data for a detailed, 3D model of a patient’s mouth in just a matter of minutes. The images it can capture are high-resolution and in full color, showing all the little details that might otherwise be missed or overlooked with a traditional putty impression. The data and details collected by the intraoral dental scanner can show you:
- A patient’s gum health
- The extent of a tooth fracture
- Deteriorating restorative work
- Enamel wear and tear
- Overcrowding issues
- Bite misalignment
The Importance of Using an Intraoral Dental Scanner
Previous to the intraoral scanner, sticky putty was placed in the mouth and left there for a set amount of time in order to capture impressions. As you may imagine, these impressions are far less detailed and have a higher propensity for error than a digital impression. However, intraoral scanners also benefit the patient and you as their dental assistant. Digital impressions are far easier to clean up and take much less time. Errors are easy to spot and correct right away. Not to mention that digital impressions are far and away the more comfortable choice!
Different Dental Field Applications for Intraoral Dental Scanning
As you know, there are numerous branches in the dental industry. The intraoral scanner is such a useful and versatile tool that it is quickly finding its way into practically every field of dentistry, including:
- Prosthodontics: The detailed 3D models captured by intraoral dental scanning is a fast, simple, and reliable way to get precise measurements for implant-supported dental work. It takes virtually all of the guesswork out of planning parts of these intricate procedures.
- Prostheses and Restorations: Digital impressions are also ideal for designing lifelike and personalized items like dentures, dental crowns, inlays, and more.
- Orthodontics: An intraoral scanner is an easy way to diagnose patients for orthodontic treatment in a comfortable way. Setting an orthodontic treatment off on the right foot by avoiding traditional sticky putty impressions can help your patient feel good about their upcoming treatment!
Learning how to use an intraoral dental scanner can help set you apart from the crowd as you look for a job as a dental assistant. It will also help you thrive in your professional life and provide your patients excellent care!
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At A-Z School of Dental Assisting & Front Office, we help students learn everything they need to know to thrive as a dental assistant in just 12 weeks! Our small classes are led by experienced instructors who will review key elements like X-ray certification, coronal polish certification, and CPR certification. With hands-on experience, externships, and job placement assistance, we’re ready and excited to help you discover a brand-new career as a dental assistant. To learn more, visit us online or at (480) 457-8330.