Cadent has announced that its iTero digital impression system can now scan a full arch, allowing dentists to use it for a wider range of cosmetic and restorative procedures.
|The iTero digital impression system. Image courtesy of Cadent.|
The iTero system -- which eliminates the need for putty impressions -- uses an intraoral scanner to take 3D images of a patient's teeth and bite, which are magnified and displayed on a chairside monitor. The dentist can make adjustments to the image and then send it electronically to a Cadent partner laboratory. The laboratory sends the image to a Cadent facility for milling; a model is sent back to the lab, which adds the finishing touches, before sending it back to the dentist.
"Full-arch scanning is yet another example of Cadent's philosophy of continuous innovation," said Terry Gunning, CEO of Cadent, in a press release. "[Its] ability to scan the full arch allows iTero to move into more complex areas of restorative and cosmetic dentistry."
The Cadent iTero software v. 3.0 is expected to be available in April 2008, and can be uploaded to all iTero systems at no extra charge.
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