More than 30 years ago, the first intraoral scanner was introduced to the market and yet the classic variant, i.e. the unpleasant and often cumbersome impression taking using splints and impression material, is still the standard in most practices. With an intraoral scanner, impressions can be made for implants, drilling templates and cosmetic corrections such as no-prep veneers. The scanner takes over many work steps and delivers precise and accurate results.


Using a small camera, the upper and lower row of teeth inside the mouth are scanned by the dentist without contact and subsequently recorded as digital data. After the scan, the intraoral scanner creates a three-dimensional model that accurately represents the patient’s jaw and tooth position.

The scan works without radiation and takes only a few minutes. If desired, the scan can be interrupted as often as desired.

What treatments are possible with the intraoral scanner?

In principle, the intraoral scanner can handle all treatments that previously required an impression to be taken using impression material. These include crowns, inlays, veneers and non-prep veneers.



What are the advantages of digital scanning over analog impression taking?

Impression taking using impression material is often not as accurate as the digital scan.
The reason for this is that the quality of an impression can only be seen in the stone model. If errors occur with an analog impression, this usually means considerable additional expense, because the patient may have to make another appointment to have the impression taken.

The intraoral scanner allows the impression to be checked in real time via a monitor, so that errors are virtually ruled out in retrospect. Furthermore, the impression material regularly causes unpleasant situations, with gagging frequently occurring, even in patients who are otherwise not susceptible.


Advantages of digital impression taking

  • Pleasant treatment and versatile use


  • Live control of the impression through live transmission of the data to a monitor


  • Precise impression taking and accurate results


  • Fast impression in under a minute


  • Sustainable, as no waste or wear is generated


  • Especially suitable for children and sensitive patients (no gag reflex)


  • Low surcharge compared to analog impression taking


Digital scanning offers many more advantages than analog impression taking. The only disadvantages are currently the relatively high purchase price and the knowledge required to create a flawless and perfect digital impression. Therefore, based on our level of knowledge, we prefer to use the intraoral scanner to offer our patients a comfortable, pleasant and precise treatment with success.