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New Intraoral Scanning Techniques Improve the Comfort of Visits to the Dentist

Anyone who has ever gone to the dentist for removable dentures or crown and bridgework is familiar with the thick, gooey, indescribable substance that is put in a plastic or metal tray and then introduced into their mouth en masse to take an “impression”. It certainly does cause one, to say the least, and generally not very positive.


Intraoral Scanning

Intraoral Scanning

But we live in the tech era, and a great many things improve by becoming digitalized. Thankfully, the way dentists fit patients for fixed and removable dentures has evolved in this sense as well, and in a few of the more state-of-the-art dental surgeries, the once dreaded impressions are now comfortably taken by an intraoral scanner in a few short, blink-and-it’s-over moments via the Computer Aided Design/ Computer Aided Manufacturing System (“CAD/ CAM”).

The Cad Cam scanner transmits the image of the teeth that have been prepared for denture and crown and bridge fitting to a computer that generates an exact 3-D replica of the intraoral scenario, and the laboratory starts work immediately on your dentures, crowns and bridges which, more significantly, will fit to perfection and with greater quality because, in addition to the speediness and practically non-invasive comfort of the scanning technique itself, the resulting digitalized work model of your teeth is completely identical to… well, your teeth.

Again, not all dental surgeries are fortunate or forward-thinking enough to be able to offer this ideal alternative to the discomfort and waiting of almost-yore, but dentalDoctors Centro Odontológico VLC is one of the very few which does have the intraoral scanning/Cad Cam system already available to patients.

As Dr. Primitivo Roig, the Director of dentalDoctors Centro Odontológico VLC, explains: “Although the traditional way to take an impression is a perfectly established procedure that the immense majority of we dentists use, there are a great many patients who have aversion to it, and it’s understandable that it can be an unpleasant experience for them. Intraoral scanners have become an excellent technological alternative for these people.”



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