In our world where all the new movies come out in 3-D and you can go to YouTube to watch any medical procedure in great detail, iTero® digital scanning delivers exact, instant, comfortable dental impressions. In Sacramento, CA, Dr. Timothy E. Mickiewicz gives patients the ability to see their teeth instantly in 3-D, delivering transparent communication throughout the consultation and treatment process. These advanced technologies not only serve to improve the patient experience, but they are also valuable education tools. To learn more about how we use this advanced technology in our practice, contact us today.
iTero® Digital Impression System
If you have ever had dental impressions made with thick, gag-inducing powder and putty, then you probably recall the experience as messy and unpleasant. For years this was the dental community’s only option and it delivered functional models. iTero® digital scanning has replaced this unpleasant experience with a comfortable, fast scan. This radiation-free, laser technology captures every nuance of a patient’s oral health making it easier and more efficient to create impressions for crowns, bridges, veneers, and Invisalign® alignment system.
iTero® System benefits include:
- Quick and comfortable impression creation
- Ability to breathe and swallow without restriction during scanning process
- No messy putty or trays
- No bad taste or leftover residue in the mouth
- Shortened wait time for restorations or aligners
- 3-D impressions deliver the most precise fit for Invisalign® aligners, crowns, veneers, and bridges
- Digital images are sent in an instant via email
How does iTero® 3-D imaging work?
Using the most recent optical technology, iTero® digitally scans the structure of your teeth and gums. The laser delivers a perfect, 3-D impression of your teeth and soft tissues. Via digital software, you can follow your treatment progress step-by-step, including a 3-D model of your teeth and gums, on the video monitor. We can use the iTero® scanner for diagnostics in any orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign®.
Photography and 3-D technology have dramatically changed dentistry in the last 20 years. In 2015, the American Academy of Orthodontics estimated that by the year 2020, 80% of all restorations will be delivered in the doctor’s office due to the fast moving advances in imaging technologies.
Our treatment rooms have both intraoral cameras and patient monitors which allow patients to remain actively involved in their dental treatment. A true image of your teeth and gums is transferred onto the computer screen, bringing the smallest details into focus and allowing you to see Dr. Mickiewicz’s diagnosis and treatment. The advanced technology facilitates excellent patient education and communication regarding treatment options. Patients can view their own cracked tooth, broken fillings, or plaque deposits to help them understand the need for the recommended treatments.
We can easily share all digital images with dental insurance companies to assist with claim disputes and facilitate the maximum reimbursements. The images are also valuable for specialists when referrals are necessary.
Schedule an Appointment Today
To see our advanced technology in action, call us today to schedule your next appointment. Dr. Mickiewicz uses these technologies for a variety of different diagnostic purposes and treatments, ranging from dental exams to more complex procedures such as dental crowns.