Unpacking the differences in intraoral scanning options

Unpacking the differences in intraoral scanning optionsOur experts weigh the pros and cons of popular intraoral scanners.
“Dentists often ask me ‘What’s the best scanner?’” says Dr. Mike DiTolla, Dentsply Sirona, Director of Clinical Affairs. “That’s like saying ‘What’s the best car?’ It depends. Are you going to be thrilled by driving a Tesla or would you be happier having a four-year-old Chevy Suburban because you have to drag the kids around? It’s tough to answer what’s the best because it’s going to be a different answer for every dentist.”

DPR recently covered the advantages of digital impressions in detail. But we also wanted to know what some of the deciding factors might be for practices thinking about making the leap to digital impressions. So we asked some of the industry's experts about the features of the various intraoral scanning options, and what dentists need to be looking for. Here’s what our experts had to say on the subject:

Dr. John Flucke, Private Practice for 29 years

[Many scanners now] just don’t require powder, which is a big deal. Some people will tell you the powder is not a big deal. Well, let me tell you when you compare it to not having powder, it is a big deal. Any sales person will tell you their negative features aren’t a big deal, but they are.

Another consideration is the size of the cameras on some of the units. Some have big cameras, and that’s a big deal. We do just fine with the iTero camera, which is larger. But if somebody said, ‘Oh, we’ve got this new camera that is the size of an intraoral camera. Which would you prefer to use?’ I wouldn’t even think about it. I’d take the little camera. Even though we make the big one work, I’d rather have the little one.