by Dr Shawn Rama, The Dental Room, Balwyn North, VIC
Digital technology has been introduced into many facets of dentistry and a recent addition to my practice has been the 3Shape Trios Intraoral scanner. Digital dentistry is not the future—it is the present.
What’s good about it
I mainly use this scanner to create digital impressions. It uses optimal scanning techniques to create a virtual, computer-generated replica of the hard and soft tissues in the mouth. This information is uploaded to a computer and then electronically sent to my ceramist or to Invisalign.
The information is extremely accurate and creates perfect-fitting crowns, bridges and aligners. However, I still prefer to create porcelain veneers non-digitally in my practice. My in-house ceramist handles the process from start to finish.
This scanner is fast and efficient, aiding with increased productivity. The turnaround of jobs has become much faster since purchasing the 3Shape Trios. I’ve also been very happy with the results—this scanner is incredibly accurate.
Technology should be embraced by dentists so they can do dentistry better. I see a future where every client gets a scan done as a matter of routine. It stays on file and could be used to educate clients and as a comparison tool in subsequent visits.
What’s not so good
This scanner is a little bulky which means getting to the back of the mouth can be tricky. It can also be difficult in tight spaces or when there is excessive crowding.