What it is:
Scanning is a great way to get information needed to make a crown or other dental prosthesis. A scan can be done instead of using impression material that is placed in the mouth and takes several minutes to set up.
3D scanning is done by using an intraoral camera which captures thousands of high-resolution photos of teeth and tissue that is put together as a three-dimensional image. The camera is moved back and forth along the teeth until all the detail is captured in the image.
3D scanning is very accurate and precise. It is also quick and better for patients who have a gag reflex. Once the image is obtained, the whole process is digital to the final product. 3D scans can be printed or milled.