The initial restoration phase of preparing the tooth surface remains the same virtually. First, dental decay is removed, and the tooth is shaped to properly fit the crown or filling. This allows the tooth to be restored to its original shape and function. Next, a reflective material is used to lightly dust the area to enable recording to multiple images with a small scanning wand. Later, the wand is connected to the computer and the separate images are used to create a 3D image.
This incredible tool precisely captures the nooks and crannies of your tooth’s surface to convert it to a highly accurate 3D model, by using blue wavelength light. This enables instantaneous examination of your tooth and bite. Any additional prep work or additional changes required for new crowns, veneers, and fillings are also identified there and then.
Once the image is captured, it is sent to the lab for fabrication. This technique facilitates the creation of a crown or filling which can often be completed during a single dental office visit.