Digital oral scanner brings improved efficiency, scope to dental exams
By Dr. Tracy Taddey, D.D.S.
Advances in digital technology are changing everything from music industry sales to medical research methods – and cutting-edge dentistry is no exception to the trend. After decades spent tied to inconvenient oral impression techniques, dental professionals are embracing new, state-of-the-art digital scanners into mainstream practice: and according to the Oral Health Journal, the LAVA Chairside Oral Scanner (C.O.S.) allows dentists to take faster, mess-free impressions that boost accuracy and patient convenience alike.
Traditional oral impressions are notorious in the dental industry. Messy manual procedures and cumbersome tools make for time-consuming, error-prone and unpleasant restorative work, and scientists have spent years developing improvements to conventional technique. But now, thanks to digital imaging, manual impression methods may soon be a thing of the past.
The LAVA C.O.S. eliminates the need for molded impressions all together, and instead allows dentists to take a picture of the teeth or tooth to be restored using a scanning tool similar to an intra oral camera. During the scanning process, the cheek and tongue are retracted to increase clarity and accuracy; and once the scan is complete, digital images are sent via email to the laboratory, where they are fabricated with CAD CAM technology for 3D viewing. As soon as the images are fully processed, patients have the opportunity to view the scan without leaving the dental chair – and watch as the dentist rotates and evaluates the image to ensure perfection.
By involving patients in the image review process and eliminating the inconvenience of manual impressions, digital scanning software brings unparalleled precision and ease to dental patient care. Digital imaging also helps prevent flaws in the laboratory process – and as a result, patients can expect not only efficient and innovative examinations, but also an accurate fit and design for beautiful, natural smiles.
Cutting-edge care for San Diego dental patients
The LAVA C.O.S. scanner brings with it a host of benefits that spell change for the world of mainstream dentistry. With digital imaging, dentists can offer patients optimal care – yet remain committed to prioritizing convenience and affordability in the process. At our full-service, family run La Jolla dental practice, we’ve seized the opportunity to bring groundbreaking chairside scanning to our clients: and as one of only a handful of C.O.S providers in San Diego, we take pride in making innovation the norm for members of our local community. Comfort, ease, speed and aesthetic excellence are valued goals in our dental practice. To learn more about digital scanning options and corrective dental work, visit us online: www.lajolladentist.com.
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