Here’s the scenario. You come along to the dentist for a crown, dental implants, braces, a mouth guard, or veneers. In order to get your treatment done, your dentist needs to know the exact size, shape and position of your teeth.
So, the nurse gets out a bowl and starts mixing up some purple gloopy stuff. It looks like some kind of playing dough, but this isn’t a game. You are about to have to open wide while the dentist jams the whole bowlful of goo up (or down) around your teeth. Somehow for around the next minute, you are going to have to sit still and try to breathe through your nose and not choke while the putty hardens to create an impression of your teeth. Fingers crossed you don’t have a cold. The dentist pulls it out, and it feels like your teeth are going to come out with it.
If you are lucky, the impression works first time. If not, and the shape of your teeth is not clear enough, you will to have repeat the process. It’s enough to put you off visiting the dentist, and for some people, it does.
But not any more at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry because here we have a new bit of kit called Trios. This is a scanner that goes into your mouth. Instead of modelling your teeth in putty, with the Trios scanner, we can create digital 3D images of your teeth.
The Trios scanner works by taking more than 2000 2-dimensional pictures a second. This is 100 times than a normal video camera. As the Trios scanner works, the pictures are sent instantly to a nearby screen, where they build up into a 3D image of your teeth.
Once the picture is complete, we can move it around to view it from any angle. We can send the pictures straight to the lab for the technicians to work on a perfect replica of your teeth to create the crowns, veneers, or prosthetic teeth you need. This cuts down on the time required to make you new teeth, whole or part.
We’re really proud of our scanner and our patients love it too.