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Inside Dentistry
June 2010
Volume 6, Issue 6

In-Clinic Scanning

Multiple offerings encourage dentists to design and implement a digital practice.

For those who take the digital plunge, the results are clear and often immediately visible—higher quality of care, improved clinical results, enhanced patient satisfaction, faster turnaround times, and increased cost efficiency.

IMPRESSION SCANNING (1.) User-friendly scanning. (2.) In-Clinic 700-series Impression 3D Scanner. (3.) From impression scan, design to model.

3Shape, always seeking ways to advance the world of digital dentistry, now offers a range of solutions specifically developed to start the digital workflow already in the dentist’s office. 3Shape’s solutions are highly practical and user-friendly, enabling easy workflows that do not require special training and, in many cases, can be carried out by an assistant while the dentist continues working with the patient.

Efficiency and Accuracy

Scanning the impression in the dentist’s office jumpstarts the digital design process, taking the workflow to a higher level and ultimately enabling better clinical results. Instead of packing and mailing impressions to the laboratory, 3Shape’s In-Clinic module dispatches the scan right away online, saving postal expenses and shipping time. The laboratory can immediately start designing the restoration digitally.

Accuracy is improved by minimizing alterations of impression materials during shipping and eliminating the laboratory’s traditional manual task of producing a plaster-model from a physical impression. 3Shape’s two-way communication solution enables the laboratory to verify model quality and potentially provide feedback while the patient is still in the chair. If required, a new impression can be taken at once, saving the dentist and patient the need for an extra appointment and enabling the laboratory to resume work on the design without delay. The circle closes when the laboratory sends its completed restoration with the digitally manufactured model back to the clinic, enabling the dentist to verify restoration fit directly on the model before calling the patient in for final treatment.

In-Clinic 700

The new In-Clinic 700-series impression scanner (Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 3) is no larger than a desktop printer and will fit easily in any dental office. It provides direct scanning of silicone and alginate impressions and represents a highly effective way to optimize clinical procedures and save both time and money. With its user-friendly interface for conducting 3D impression scans, the scanned results can be dispatched immediately and directly to the selected laboratory. The scanner captures all types of impressions, from single preparation to full arch and supports single-tray, triple-tray, and bite-scan.

The Communicate™ software enables the laboratory to upload its final designs back to the dentist for instant viewing, case discussion, or quality verification in the clinic. 3D visualization of before and after scenarios provides an effective tool when discussing the case with the patient.

The D700 In-Clinic scanner is a fast and capable 3D scanning device with 3Shape’s patented adaptive scanning technology, two cameras, and 3-axis motion. Adaptive scanning intelligently detects incomplete areas and automatically rescans them by optimally combining the motion of the cameras and the 3-axis movement of the scanning object to obtain full coverage.

Scans are received on the laboratory side by 3Shape’s complete CAD/CAM solution, the Dental System™. This system packs both a powerful CAD modeling program and the 3Shape DentalManager™ for managing and exchanging production files among dentists, laboratories, and manufacturers. It interfaces to emerging technologies, such as intraoral scanners, and to manufacturing equipment from recognized providers such as 3M ESPE, Sirona Dental Systems, Cadent, KaVo, and more, thus establishing a safe platform for dental professionals’ CAD/CAM investment.

3Shape Face Scanning™

3Shape Face Scanning allows the dentist to combine 3D scans of the patient’s face and teeth and visualize expected treatment results. Together with the patient, and in online cooperation with the laboratory, the dentist can then discuss and interactively update the planned treatment on-screen. The results are improved patient satisfaction, better-value treatments, plus significant reductions in cost and turnaround time.

Ortho System™

The Ortho System™ packs the R700 scanner and the OrthoAnalyser™ 3D software that, together, enable users to create digital study models and leverage 3D visualization in the treatment planning and assessment processes.


With its newly released systems, 3Shape once again demonstrates its unique understanding of the challenges facing today’s dental practices. 3Shape solutions bring dental clinics a wide choice of highly practical and effective doorways into digital dentistry with new opportunities to enhance their service levels and streamline communication with dental laboratories for a complete digital workflow.

3Shape envisions the age of the “full digital dental laboratory,” and its more than 65 developers provide superior innovation power toward reaching this goal. 3Shape’s flexible solutions empower dental professionals through the automation of real workflows, and today its systems are applied in thousands of laboratories in more than 60 countries, reaching the market’s #1 record for units produced per day by dental technicians. Now, by taking its proven expertise to dental clinics as well, 3Shape is helping to draw a complete digital circle for modern dental treatment.

For more information, contact:
3Shape Inc.
Phone: 908-219-4642


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