At Main Street Dental Arts, it’s always our goal to use the best technology available for diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up. We believe that the iTero intraoral scanner is one of the most useful tools for dental health available in the industry today. Before iTero, dentists could miss problem areas because they couldn’t fully see them. This scanner provides Dr. Rebecca Jackson with sharp, clear pictures instantly. It can magnify the image hundreds of times more than the human eye can see on its own. This allows for earlier diagnosis, more efficient treatment planning, and better outcomes for patients.
The iTero enables Dr. Jackson to take a 3D digital scan of a patient’s teeth and bite, make adjustments in real time, and transmit the file wirelessly to the lab for processing. Gone are the days of messy impressions and long delays as molds are cast and shipped. Scans from the iTero are both precise and fast, significantly speeding up a number of treatments.
Common Issues Diagnosed with iTero
Our iTero digital scanner is useful for detecting dozens of dental issues. However, some problems are more common among our patients than others. Here are some of the reasons Dr. Jackson uses the scanner:
- Locating cavities present between two teeth.
- Determining whether you have enough bone strength and structure to support dental implants if you need them.
- Checking patients in the late teens to early adult years for the presence of wisdom teeth underneath the gums or whether the wisdom teeth have already started coming in above the gum line.
- Ruling out or confirming a diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
- Inspecting your gums, jaws, and teeth as part of the follow-up after oral surgery to ensure everything is healing as it should.
- Helping to determine the best treatment plan for bridges, crowns, Invisalign braces, inlays, or onlays.
With the iTero digital scanner, there’s no waiting to develop film or needing to come back for another diagnostic appointment. The results appear instantly on a computer screen, which both you and Dr. Jackson can see. We have found that patients are more likely to accept our treatment recommendations when they can see a clear visual representation of the problem themselves. They also understand what they need to do to achieve the desired outcome of their oral health treatment.
We have used digital scanning products for several years and feel that iTero is the most user friendly, offers the best quality of images, and has the highest level of sensitivity in detecting hidden dental problems compared to other scanners. The device is small and lightweight enough for Dr. Jackson to hold in her hand.
Other Benefits to Expect from the iTero Digital Scanner
The wand attachment and touchscreen capability of the iTero scanner allows Dr. Jackson to quickly navigate between screens to view multiple images at the same time. It also comes with magnification and color images to create a contrasting view for easy detection of oral health issues. She will print copies of the images to retain in your patient file.
The color contrast also allows for easy differentiation of the various images that appear on the computer screen. This is useful because she can monitor specific issues over time. For example, maybe your teen is just starting to show the development of wisdom teeth underneath the gum tissue. By taking images with the iTero scanner at every appointment, Dr. Jackson will know the most appropriate time to schedule wisdom teeth removal surgery.
With no poking or prodding necessary, iTero is completely comfortable for patient use. All you need to do is open your mouth wide and lean back in the dental chair. It’s also completely mess-free since it doesn’t require dental putty to form an impression of your teeth. Patients have told us that this simple diagnostic tool helps them feel more at ease visiting the dentist and more in control of their own oral health. Dr. Jackson uses it at the end of every preventive care visit and cleaning to look for any problem areas a dental assistant might have missed without magnification available.
See What Your Teeth Will Look Like After Invisalign Treatment with iTero
We understand that orthodontic treatment is a huge commitment for every family. Before you spend money for Invisalign, the brand name of our popular clear braces, it would be nice to see the results you can expect. That is simple to do thanks to iTero. Dr. Jackson projects a clear colorful image of how your teeth or your child’s teeth would look after treatment assuming compliance with all instructions. This can be highly motivating, especially for patients who feel undecided whether orthodontic treatment is the right choice for them.
The Invisalign procedure itself is also improved by the iTero. Invisalign are custom fit transparent trays that are used to align a patients teeth. Many patients prefer Invisalign over traditional braces because they are nearly invisible. The iTero significantly improves both the fit of the Invisalign trays, and also the speed in which they are created.
Another restorative treatment improved by the scanner is the creation of dental crowns. Like Invisalign, the precision provided by the scanner make for an improved fit over traditional dental molds. And the speed of the scanner can cut the patient’s appointment length by more than half.
Cosmetic procedures also benefit from the iTero. Dental veneers, which are thin shells placed over teeth to cover a discolored or misshapen tooth, benefit from the precision and speed of the scanner. With it Dr. Jackson can help give you the smile you have always dreamed of.
Learn More or Schedule an Appointment
We hope that knowing we use the most sophisticated dental imaging equipment available gives you confidence in our abilities to care for your oral health. We also encourage you to schedule a preventive care exam and professional cleaning if we have not seen you in more than six months. If you haven’t had a chance to experience the iTero difference yet, you will see for yourself at the appointment how simple and effective it truly is.
We welcome your questions about iTero or any of our other services. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.