Taking Digital Impressions with an iOC Scanner
Walkow Orthodontics recently became the first practice in Southern California to employ the use of an onsite iOC scanner for taking oral impressions.
What is an iOC Scanner?
The iOC Scanner is a digital orthodontic impression system powered as opposed to the conventional system where by powder is used to create a paste with which a mould is taken. The accuracy of the digital system ensures a more accurate impression of the patients mouth is made from the start of treatment, which results in more accurate and improved orthodontic treatment. An accurate impression is the foundation of the accurate study model required for effective treatment planning and orthodontic care. Rhe iOC Scanner uses parallel confocal imaging to digitally capture the contours of tooth and gingival structures, producing an accurate digital orthodontic scan in just minutes and with minimum discomfort for the patient.
How Does it Work?
Why is using an iOC scanner better?
- Imaging quality superior to results achieved with alginate impressions
- Produces a more accurate dental record
- Less invasive for the patient
- Results in more effective treatment
- Less anxious impression experience
- Fewer repeat appointments
- Eliminates the goop, gagging, and patient discomfort experienced by traditional impression moulding
A digital scan performed with iOC is, quite literally, digitally perfect and can be easily produced by our orthodontic assistants in a fraction of the time taken to begin to prepare a conventional impression.
Conventional vs Digital Impressions
With the ability to scan full arches, the iOC allows the dental auxiliary to take accurate digital impressions in a fast, reproducible manner. Intuitive software and automated prompts allow the iOC to guide orthodontic assistants through the scanning sequence in just minutes, producion actionable results in "Real Time".