Taking digital impressions is far more than simply replacing impression material. The 3 Shape Trios has proven this over and over again. Digital-impressioning is 30+ years old, and for over a decade, an argument has been made that it will save costs on impression material and improve accuracy for restorations. While this may be true, digital impressions do far more. The 3Shape Trios system has created a platform of elegance and efficiency, allowing every patient to be scanned at least once a year in a general practice. The fast scanning, paired with its realistic color rendering, stimulates patient engagement and lowers initial scanning hesitance. When patients are scanned annually, we have a tremendous amount of information that allows us to monitor and track changes, equipping us with better interceptive care. Many times, patients try to peek at the screen while being scanned so they can watch their mouth come to life.
When a patient states they don’t grind their teeth, but you are convinced that they do, do not argue with them. Instead, take a scan at two different intervals and compare. If tooth structure is lost, something negative must exist; the patient can be shown the area of concern.
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