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iTero Scanner – La Plata, MD

Quick, Precise, & Comfortable Digital Impressions

a patient chatting with their dentistFor generations, dentists have had incredibly limited options when it comes to creating impressions of teeth—but fortunately, dental technology has come quite a long way, and now specialized tools can streamline and alleviate this process by magnitudes! Our practice is excited to utilize the iTero Scanner, an innovative tool that provides detailed oral images that allow for highly precise impressions that make your treatment as comfortable and efficient as possible.

What Is the iTero Scanner?

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The iTero Scanner is a machine that uses a small, rod-shaped instrument to collect digital impressions within a patient’s mouth. The tool is simply waved around the mouth, similarly to a wand or baton, as it rapidly captures thousands of frames every second. Using special computer software, the iTero Scanner organizes those images into highly detailed, 3D impressions of teeth, gums, and other oral structures.

This incredible tool can be used in practically any instance where manual impressions would need to be taken, such as when designing crowns, bridges, or other restorations. The process only takes a few minutes to complete, too—and also ensures fewer mistakes along the way!

What Are the Benefits of Using the iTero Scanner?

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There are numerous benefits to using the iTero Scanner during dental treatment, including:

  • Safe & Radiation-Free – Unlike digital X-rays, which while necessary for long-term preventive care still emit a small amount of radiation, the iTero is completely radiation-free.
  • Mess-Free & Comfortable – The traditional impression process often includes the use of putty-like, gooey material that patients need to bite into, or sometimes a powder coating. None of these messy, uncomfortable substances are needed while using the iTero Scanner.
  • Visible Results – Thanks to the user-friendly software, the patient can be shown and walked through the impressions during the treatment planning process. It’s also rarely necessary to need to re-take digital impressions.
  • Eco-Friendly – Since the impressions are created and shared digitally, there’s less packaging, less dental waste, and fewer shipping costs.
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