feature2.jpgOur 3M True Definition Scanner is a digital impression system that replaces the messy and unpleasant traditional dental impression materials.

For years, whenever you needed a dental crown or "cap" your dentist had to make molds of your teeth that required taking impressions of your teeth. A tray filled with a goopy, putty-like material was used so that a three-dimensional stone model of the prepared teeth could be created. Using this mold a dental lab could custom-craft the new crown.

As we journey further into the technology-driven 21st century, this old method is being replaced with virtual models made using a small, digital camera containing “wand” and a reflective dust.

Here is how it works

Preparing (shaping) a tooth for a crown remains the same. We first remove any dental decay and then shape the remaining tooth, allowing the new crown to restore the tooth to the original shape and function. Next, we apply a thin, reflective dust (no more goopy impression material) so that we can record multiple images of your tooth's surface with our scanning wand. Later, a powerful computer combines these images into a 3-D image.

digital impression picThis remarkable tool uses blue wavelength light so that we can precisely capture the finest details of your tooth's surface and make a highly accurate 3D digital model. It allows us to instantaneously examine your teeth and bite. A big advantage of this process is that we can immediately identify additional prep work required for new crowns or veneers, and if necessary immediately implement those changes, rescan the teeth and create a new series of images and 3-D model.

Once we are pleased with our images and prep work, we then instantaneously send your images to the lab for fabrication. 

How this technology benefits you

  • Finally, you can say goodbye to the goop, discomfort, and anxiety experienced in the past with traditional dental impression materials!
  • It gives us immediate feedback as to whether or not we have adequately prepared your tooth for restoration.
  • This technology is ideal for fabricating restorations such as new crowns, porcelain veneers and nightguards that fit more accurately and need less adjustment.