Oral scanning is one of the most exciting advances in dental technology, and one we frequently use at Cheng Dental The process for intraoral scanning is gentle, safe, and comfortable for our patients.
An intraoral scanner is a device that creates a 3D image of the teeth and the surrounding gum tissue. A light is projected onto the area to be scanned, and imaging sensors record the required digital images which are used to create a 3D surface model.
Using the scanned image of a patient’s teeth, a dental lab will create a 3D model which can then be used for the fabrication of a variety of prosthetic restorations, including inlays, onlays, single crowns, implant supported restorations, and fixed partial dentures.
These 3D models of a patient’s mouth are needed by Dr. Cheng to provide orthodontic Invisalign treatment for his patients who are interested in improving their smile via the straightening of their teeth.
During an intraoral scan, Dr. Cheng moves the small, slender scanning wand quickly and gently over the surfaces of the teeth to obtain captured images that are displayed on a chairside monitor as they are recorded.
At Cheng Dental, a digital scan of the teeth takes a couple minutes to capture. Dr. Cheng can magnify and alter the real-time images for more detail as he reviews them with you and discusses your treatment options and answers any of your questions.