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Intraoral Scanning

Intraoral scanning has revolutionized the way dental impressions are taken. At Gainesville Periodontics, we use intraoral scanning to create 3D images of the interior of our patients’ oral anatomy that are so detailed, they can capture the exact shape and contours of the teeth. Intraoral scanning can be used to diagnose and plan treatment for a variety of dental procedures.

A Lifeline For Sensitive Patients

One of the most significant advantages of intraoral scanning is that it eliminates the need for traditional impressions, which can be uncomfortable and messy. With traditional impressions, patients are required to bite down on a tray filled with a putty-like material that hardens to create a mold of their teeth. This process can be uncomfortable, especially for patients with sensitive teeth or a strong gag reflex.
Intraoral scanning is a much more comfortable alternative. The scanning wand is simply placed in the patient’s mouth, and the images are captured within minutes. Because the images are digital, the process is much more comfortable and less invasive than traditional impressions.

Superior Accuracy With Intraoral Scanning

Another advantage of intraoral scanning is its accuracy. With intraoral scanning, Dr. Barclay and his team are able to see a level of detail that would be impossible with traditional impressions. This level of accuracy allows Dr. Barclay to diagnose problems earlier and more accurately, leading to more effective treatments.

Faster Diagnoses Lead To Quicker Results

In addition, intraoral scanning is a much faster process than traditional impressions. With traditional impressions, patients often have to come in for multiple appointments and even wait for weeks to get an accurate mold of their teeth. With intraoral scanning, the process can be completed in a single appointment with all the information the periodontist needs to create a treatment plan the same day.

Use Cases For Intraoral Scanning

The digital images captured during the scanning process can be used for a variety of dental procedures, including:
Orthodontic treatment planning: Intraoral scanning provides a level of detail that is essential for creating custom aligners or braces that provide the best possible results.
Restorative dentistry: Intraoral scanning can be used to create precise crowns, bridges, and other dental restorations that fit perfectly and look natural.
Implant placement: Intraoral digital images can be used to create a precise surgical guide, ensuring that implants are placed in the ideal location for the best possible results.
Periodontal treatment planning: Intraoral scanning can be used to create a detailed model of a patient’s gums, which can be used to plan periodontal treatments such as gum grafts or crown lengthening.

Suffered Through Your Last Goopy Tooth Mold?

When you need precise periodontal treatment, intraoral scanning is the obvious choice for convenience, comfort, and accuracy. Want to know more? Schedule your appointment with Gainesville Periodontics today!

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