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  • Dr. Barry Yu

REVOLUTIONIZING DENTAL CARE: UNDERSTANDING INTRAORAL SCANNERS



INTRAORAL SCANNER

In the rapidly advancing landscape of dental technology, intraoral scanners have emerged as a groundbreaking tool, reshaping the way we approach oral health. At Penn Pacific Dental Center, we're committed to introducing you to this remarkable innovation and exploring how it transforms your dental experience.


What is an Intraoral Scanner?


An intraoral scanner is a cutting-edge device designed to capture precise, high-definition images of the oral cavity, including teeth, gums, and other oral structures. It functions as a digital alternative to traditional, messy dental impressions, utilizing state-of-the-art technology to create detailed 3D models of your mouth.


How Does an Intraoral Scanner Work?




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Using advanced optics and imaging sensors, the scanner employs a wand-like device that comfortably fits within the mouth. It captures multiple images swiftly, generating a comprehensive digital replica of your teeth and gums. This technology eliminates the need for uncomfortable impression materials, making the process quicker, more comfortable, and remarkably accurate.


Benefits of Intraoral Scanners


The introduction of intraoral scanners brings forth a myriad of advantages over traditional methods:


Enhanced Comfort:


Bid farewell to the discomfort of traditional impression materials. Intraoral scanning is non-invasive and significantly more comfortable for patients.




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Accuracy and Precision:


These scanners produce highly detailed 3D models, ensuring a precise fit for dental restorations like crowns, bridges, and aligners.


Time Efficiency:


With rapid image capture and digital rendering, the entire process is expedited, reducing chair time during appointments.




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Improved Communication:


Dentists can easily share digital impressions with laboratories, fostering clearer communication and better collaboration for customized treatment plans.


Comparison with Traditional Methods


Contrasting with conventional methods that often involve messy materials and discomfort, intraoral scanners offer a modern, patient-centric approach to dental care. Patients can expect a more relaxed, efficient, and accurate experience, replacing the inconvenience of traditional impressions with a streamlined digital process.


Precision Treatment Planning with Intraoral Scanners


The detailed 3D models obtained through intraoral scanning offer an unparalleled level of accuracy, aiding in comprehensive treatment planning. Dentists at Penn Pacific Dental Center meticulously analyze these models, identifying even the minutest details of the teeth and surrounding structures. This precision allows for the early detection of potential issues that might have been overlooked with traditional methods.


Improved Patient Communication and Outcomes


Visual representations of the oral cavity in detailed 3D models facilitate transparent communication between our dental team and patients. Through these models, we vividly illustrate the current oral condition, discuss treatment options, and provide a clear understanding of the proposed procedures. Patients actively participate in decision-making, fostering confidence and understanding throughout the treatment journey.




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Conclusion


Intraoral scanners stand as a testament to the transformative power of technology in modern dentistry. Their capacity to generate precise digital models not only revolutionizes the patient experience but also empowers our team at Penn Pacific Dental Center to provide unparalleled precision in treatment planning and execution.


We are committed to harnessing the potential of intraoral scanners to offer you the highest standard of dental care, delivering tailored treatments with precision and expertise.

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Graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis (U.S.A.), major in biochemistry and molecular biology, Dr. Yu has further obtained his dental degree (Doctor of Dental Medicine) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (U.S.A.).  Dr. Yu is qualified to practice in the US, Singapore and Hong Kong, and has over 10 years of practicing experience in the US before starting both practices in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Dr. Chrissie Lam graduated from University of California, Berkeley (U.S.A.) with a bachelor degree in Nutritional Science before earning her doctorate degree in dentistry from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (U.S.A.). In her 10 years of practice she took care of her patients, both in U.S.A. and Singapore with her warm demeanor and excellent clinical skills. 

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