Tools of the trade: TRIOS 3


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digital scanning system

by Dr Nicholas McKeon, Bite Dental Studios, Brisbane, QLD

Prior to purchasing the Trios 3 nine months ago, we were still taking alginate and PVS impressions. Initially, I was a little sceptical about its accuracy, but this scanner has been a huge step forward. I wish I could go back and tell myself to trust the technology!

What’s good about it

I now use the Trios 3 with all my implants and crown and bridge work. I do a lot of my Digital Smile Design through it as well. It’s great for orthodontics as it speaks to all the major companies that produce aligners. I’ve even used it to make some indirect bonding bracket systems. Right now, I’m preparing to use it for the first time to make an implant planning guide.

I had some reservations about using a digital scanner. I wondered if it would be as accurate as a conventional PVS impression. The results and the fit have been amazing. There is probably a smidgen of a learning curve to the occlusion—the first few times needed a tweak between the lab and me. Overall, I was expecting the learning curve to be deeper and bigger than it actually is. 

Recently, I was making some bleaching trays and the patient was dreading it. She’d had it done before and never liked the alginate. To be able to use the wand, wave it around in her mouth and be done in a couple of minutes was fantastic. The patient absolutely loved it.

What’s not so good

My first couple of scans probably took too long and collected too much data. I was trying to work out the parameters of the system while moving the scanner around to ensure it recorded everything. You soon start to use it efficiently to produce accurate results quickly.

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