Tools of the trade: Aoralscan 3

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by Dr Nathalie Hazan, Hazan Healthy Smiles, Bronte, NSW

This intraoral scanner is very intuitive to operate. We use it for orthodontic, restorative and diagnostic applications.

What’s good about it

I looked at a lot of scanners before purchasing an Aoralscan as it has one of the easiest user interfaces. I was ready to go after 45 minutes of training. I like that you are not tied to any particular supplier when you use it. When I take a scan of a crown, I can send it to whichever lab I choose. When I take an orthodontic scan, I can send it to anyone who makes aligners.

It has two different head sizes which makes it easy to navigate around the mouth of most patients. I’ve been a dentist for more than 30 years and this is the one piece of equipment that has revolutionised my clinical practice. It’s also a great communication tool. For years I took extraoral and intraoral photographs but now a simple scan does the job. The Aoralscan also has a dynamic bite feature that provides a biomechanical functional bite record. 

Clients love it. If they need to get an appliance made, they’re thrilled that we no longer make a mould. I had one patient who moved overseas and lost his retainers. We still had his last scan on record so I just reprinted and sent them to him. On top of all that, Fabdent, our supplier, provide brilliant customer service. 

What’s not so good

I haven’t undertaken a complex implant case using the scanner. I’ve haven’t owned the unit very long and I don’t feel confident enough with it yet. For those cases, I still use analogue technology. 

Where did you get it

Fabdent

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