The Itero® Intraoral Scanner captures digital impressions of the mouth, oral and bite structures. It allows us to obtain very accurate digital 3D models of these structures which we can keep in a STL format. Then, we export the STL file to the dental technician’s software (for example ExoCAD) in order to fully use the CAD-CAM technology: Computer-Aided- Design and Computer-Aided-Manufacturing of the corresponding prosthesis.
This digital model is also used for the design, together with the 3D radiographs, of the surgical guides in implantology, the study of the invisible orthodontic aligners (Invisalign®) or the aesthetic analysis and design of the smile. If the dentist or the technician need physical models, they can also be printed on a 3D printer.
In addition to the increase of the accuracy and adjustment of the crowns, prosthesis or mouthguards, the use of this new technique avoids the uncomfortable conventional impressions with silicones and alginates.