What is it?
Intraoral scanners, commonly abbreviated as IOS, are special devices used in dentistry. Their primary function is capturing direct optical impressions, which helps to design effective dental restorations then. The IOS is a part of the modern digital dentistry. They get optical impressions or images as opposed to conventional ones.
Of course, they have both advantages and disadvantages. For example, accuracy is still perceived as one of the main discouragements for using an intraoral scanner. However, this problem has almost dissolved in 2019. The technology is so advanced now that you can stop worrying about inaccuracy being an issue. So why exactly do you need to get an IOS?
Why would you need one?
First and foremost, this will save you a ton of time. You will be able to see a bigger number of patients! It takes only a few minutes to be done with scanning one mouth. You don’t need any impression material either, and the process is overall a lot more pleasant both for you and for the patient.
As mentioned earlier, these scanners are a lot more accurate than they used to be. Furthermore, they are more accurate than analog methods. Studies prove that working with digital impressions is a lot easier. There are far fewer errors with such impressions too.
Making the treatment process more comfortable for you and the patient is obviously a good reason. There are apps that let you share the scans with your patients and those that let you see the progress. The patient acceptance rates have also gone up with the use of digital dentistry (according to research).
It saves you money! Yes, you heard it right. An intraoral scanner will actually cost you less than all that impression material you spend fortunes on. According to Dr. Mark McOmie, your savings will reach up to 2400 USD per month or 28,800 USD per year!
In our modern digitalized world, IOS is a technology that will not only make your life easier but will also make your patients happier and more satisfied. Sure, it might require a bit of learning, but in the end, it’ll be totally worth it!