Tools of the trade: CEREC Omnicam


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digital 3D scanning unit

by Dr Amy Dempster, Dental House Gladesville, NSW

We’ve had this unit for about 12 months and use it for in-house and same-day onlays and crowns. This system also integrates well with Invisalign through the Cerec Connect platform.

What’s good about it

Along with the Omnicam, we have the MC XL milling unit. We use them mainly for our Emax onlays and crowns. We love it because it saves time and money for us, and it’s very convenient for patients. We find there are far less remakes with the CEREC system, which saves time and money for everyone. 

We also use the Omnicam for scanning splints. We then send the STL file straight to the lab. The splints rarely need adjusting.

Our Omnicam is in a Primescan housing, which has a sleeker design and is used with a mousepad rather than a rolling ball. I prefer this as I find it easier to use. The scanning head is quite small and can be moved around the mouth quickly. It has a heater on the resting pad so the glass doesn’t fog up during use. The whole scanning process can be completed very efficiently.

Omnicam is also the only CEREC system that integrates with Invisalign. This allows a fast turnaround with Invisalign cases. We rarely take traditional impressions now and have embraced the digital technology that the Omnicam system has provided.

What’s not so good

A drawback of the Omnicam is that it’s not as intuitive at picking up margins as the Primescan. Once you get used to the software, however, it’s not a big issue. It’s hard to go backwards in the CEREC world but we purposely did that because we wanted integration with Invisalign.

Where did you get it

Dentsply Sirona  

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