[Chart] Which Scanner is Best for an Implant Workflow?

Achieving a successful implant outcome calls for intense accuracy throughout every step of your workflow. Your intraoral scanner plays an important role in achieving the level of accuracy necessary for that success. In addition to accuracy, your intraoral scanner also needs to facilitate openness and flexibility for the lab setup and restoration.

With so many quality intraoral scanners on the market, it can be hard to determine which one will best satisfy the needs of your implant workflow. Here is a useful chart that highlights the features you should look for, its benefits for your practice and any questions you should ask during the purchasing process.

Features

Benefits

Questions to Ask

Integration

An open system that easily integrates with third-party software and labs allows flexibility when it comes to your treatment planning. You are not locked into a particular manufacturer for the implant or the surgical guide. 

  • Is this scanner part of a closed or open system?
  • What are the file formats that scans can be saved in?
  • Which third parties accept your scans?
  • Do you have a portal that allows me to send scans and data to the dental lab of my choice?
  • Can I easily import the scans into my practice management software?

Workflow

A workflow designed specifically for implant-borne restorative scanning

  • Can the software handle the pre- and post- scan in a single dataset?
  • Is the software optimized for the scanning of scanbodies, which can be difficult due to their uniform nature?
  • Can the scanned dataset be merged with the CBCT data for comprehensive implant planning?

Warranty

A comprehensive warranty will ensure that your technology investment is protected.

  • What does your basic warranty cover?
  • Are extended warranties available?
    • If so, what does the extended warranty include?

Training

Learning how to effectively use your scanner at implementation allows you and your staff to get the most out of your purchase.

  • What types of training programs are available? Are they online? In person?
  • Do you offer any feedback from CAD/CAM specialists to ensure scans are being performed correctly?

Support

When you have access to a good support team, it reduces the risk of downtime caused by a malfunctioning or broken scanner.

  • What types of support services are offered? Are they over the phone? Online?
  • What are your support team’s hours of operation?


Scanners offer a tremendous number of benefits to the implant workflow, the practitioner and the patient. Choosing the right one can have an even greater impact.


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