An intraoral 3D scanner is a handheld wand like device used to create digital impression data of the mouth and dental structures. It uses a simple light source (so no radiation) which is projected onto the objects to be scanned like a dental arch of teeth. Then a 3D model processed by the scanning software will be displayed in real-time on a touch screen.
The 3D scanner provides accurate detailed images of the hard and soft intra-oral tissues. It is becoming more popular because of its ease of use, quick procedure time, and efficiency in transferring the information to dental labs when needed.
Of course, the best part is that a 3D scan eliminates the need to take any impressions, which can be less accurate, more uncomfortable and messier than digital impressions.
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