How Does the 3D Scanning Process Work As Part of The Straumann Digital Workflow

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Andrew Slavin, DMD, FACS

Andrew Slavin, DMD, FACS

October 12, 2022

If you are missing teeth, have loose dentures, need teeth pulled, or have a loose bridge then it might be time to invest in dental implants. What are some of the best dental implants? One example is Straumann dental implants

What are Straumann dental implants?

Straumann dental implants are the finest quality dental implants available for a few reasons: comfort, material, and functionality.


Straumann dental implants are designed to integrate optimally with your oral tissue creating maximum comfort for the patient. 


Straumann implants are made from titanium that integrates into the jawbone without causing gum irritation. 


Straumann implants can be used to anchor single crowns, dental bridges or dentures. This makes them a versatile option for patients with any number of missing teeth. 

Straumann dental implants also offer a quick and simple treatment process and healing. Good Samaritan uses Straumann Pro Arch dental implants. These implants offer immediate results to patients with impaired dentition.  

What is a 3D CT scan?

A dental 3D Computed Tomography (CT) is a scanning technology that allows Dr. Slavin to view and inspect the internal and external structure of a patient’s mouth in 3D space to create the most accurate images. 3D CT scans are a painless, noninvasive way for Dr. Slavin to determine the layout and health of your teeth. 

How does it work? 

A 3D CT scan works by taking hundreds or thousands of 2D projections of the mouth around a 360 degree rotation. Algorithms are then used to reassemble the 2D projections into a 3D CT object which allows Dr. Slavin to view any angle of the mouth.  

What do the images look like?

The CT scan looks like black and white 3D images on a screen that Dr. Slavin can analyze and interpret by moving it around and assessing all sides and angles of the image. 

How are the scans translated to 3D prints? 

After the 3D CT scan is complete, Dr. Slavin may want to translate the scan into a 3D print for surgical guide purposes. This is done by using specialized software that analyzes the 3D images in order to produce a 3D model. This model can then be used for an implant procedure. 

How 3D scanning relates to Straumann dental implants

Good Samaritan Dental Implant Institute provides each patient with personalized dental implant care, which includes 3D CT scanning. After an initial consultation with Dr. Slavin, the team takes X-rays that will be used to discuss treatment options for each patient. All of the options will be presented and discussed so the patient can make a personal decision on how to proceed.

After the patient comes into the office or hospital clinic, impressions are then made of the upper and lower jaw bone and a 3D CT scan is performed using a CareStream 9600. The CareStream 9600 produces high quality panoramic images in a timely manner so the patient receives the most efficient care. This information from the scan is digitally transferred to the dental laboratory and using a 3D printing system, a surgical guide is created. This guide is used during the implant procedure to ensure a perfect fit of the Straumann Pro Arch implants. 

In conclusion…

If you are missing teeth or are tired of having loose dentures, there are now comfortable and efficient options available to help. Dental implants like Straumann Pro Arch could be the perfect solution for you. 

Andrew Slavin, DMD, FACS

Andrew Slavin, DMD, FACS

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