Dental 3D intraoral scans: How to make models

3D dental models

How to make 3D dental models?

The use of aligners, dentures, and implants is integral to dentistry, as they provide effective ways to replace missing teeth or support damaged ones. used to make models of missing teeth, physical impressions were often the primary method, which was time-consuming, uncomfortable, and somewhat inaccurate. Many dental clinics and offices turn to professional developers such as TRIARE as demand grows for such tools.

Although dental clinics are on the fence about adopting such tools, they have no idea how they work and what benefits they can provide. Answers to these questions can be found in this article.

The experience TRICARE has in developing 3D dental software

TRICARE has been developing dental modelling solutions for years for clients in the medical sector. Among our custom dental solutions, Smile App is a good example. 

In the Smile App, TRICARE developed a mobile application for visualising and customising dental implants in real time. With a few clicks on a tablet, dental clinics can show patients what their new smile will look like. Consequently, clinics gain a tool for acquiring customers by demonstrating their new smiles.

Physical impressions vs. intraoral scans

Alginate materials have been used traditionally by dentists to create replicas of fractured or missing teeth. Most patients find the process tedious, time-consuming, and agonising since they need to press tightly on the material to get accurate impressions. It is necessary to repeat the process if the impressions are not accurate.

The patient’s teeth can be digitally scanned with an intraoral scanner, however. Sensors take photos of the area while the scanner spotlights it to create a 3D digital model. Compared to traditional impression capture methods, intraoral scanners are faster and take less time. Compared to physical impressions, intraoral scans offer the following advantages:

  1. Increased Accuracy:The intraoral scan provides highly accurate digital images of the teeth and surrounding tissues, resulting in more precise restoration fitting. In contrast to traditional impressions, digital scans cannot be distorted by human error during pouring.
  2. Saves time:Patients and dentists can save time by using intraoral scans rather than traditional impressions. Capturing images is faster and easier since there is no need to wait for the material to set.
  3. Comfort for Patients:Due to the materials used and the amount of time required to complete the impression, many patients find the traditional impression process uncomfortable or unpleasant. Since intraoral scans do not involve physical contact with the mouth, they are more comfortable for patients.
  4. Communicate more efficiently :Dental laboratories can share detailed 3D images from intraoral scans, reducing the need to ship physical models. Communication can be improved, errors can be reduced, and fabrication can be sped up.
  5. Waste Reduction:The use of silicone and polyether in traditional impressions can generate waste and contribute to environmental concerns. Digital scans, on the other hand, do not require these materials, which makes them more environmentally friendly.

Additionally, the entire process is much quicker, simpler, and more pleasant for the patients. It may be more efficient for the dentist not to send the physical imprint to a lab. The files can instead be stored on a computer. It is for this reason that more than 53% of dentists have started using intraoral scanners in recent years.

Prosthodontics and implants software

During implant placement, accuracy is essential, as the doctor cannot begin the procedure without understanding the jaw area with precise tooth positions, bone density, tissues, and sinus cavities. By scanning the area, a prosthodontics solution can gather the data and capture a clear picture of the patient’s jaw.

This means that implants are inserted precisely at the location that has been determined. As a result, the procedure becomes more predictable, faster, safer, and more comfortable, as well as requiring fewer bone transplants. Furthermore, it allows implants to be placed in places that were previously impossible, making them effective for patients with significant bone loss.The use of an intraoral scanner can significantly improve the accuracy of the operation, according to some studies. Dental 3D scanning software creates an accurate 3D model of the jaw after collecting all the necessary data, so doctors can determine where the implants should be inserted.

With prosthodontics software, prosthodontists can achieve more predictable and aesthetic results by reducing the risk of error during the design and fabrication process. Additionally, it promotes communication between prosthodontists and other members of the dental team, streamlines workflows, and reduces treatment times.