Planmeca Emerald™ 3D Dental Scans
We at Smiles of Tulsa use Planmeca Emerald™ 3D Scanning in our Tulsa, OK office when we need to get a more accurate picture of your smile. This technology allows us to quickly and painlessly scan your entire mouth or just one section, and render perfect, digital, 3D images. These images can then be used to determine the best course for your oral care or construct restorations.
What is Planmeca Emerald 3D Scanning?
Planmeca Emerald 3D Scanning is our chosen method for taking complete and comprehensive images of your smile. The Planmeca Emerald is a type of handheld scanner that is ultra-light-weight and ergonomically designed. We use it by holding the tip a few inches from your teeth and running it along the areas that need to be scanned. The Planmeca Emerald also has an active anti-fog feature. The natural moisture of your mouth can sometimes fog up a less-advanced scanner and lengthen the time it takes to get the images we need. The anti-fog feature allows us to get clear images quickly.
Planmeca Emerald 3D Scanning utilizes a multi-color laser-based system which uses the information from your scan to produce images with a vibrant color pattern on our computers. It’s essentially a video stream of your smile with perfect detail. We can then use these highly detailed images to get a better understanding of your specific health care needs, prescribe better treatment, or automatically share these images with a lab to create restorations like crowns, or even a full set of dentures.
How does Planmeca Emerald 3D Scanning Benefit me?
Planmeca Emerald 3D Scanning was designed specifically to increase patient safety and comfort. It’s a breakthrough in the technology we get to use, but the focus is always on how we can better serve our patients. The scanner’s sleek and compact design makes it comfortable and unobtrusive during the scan. Because we can focus the scanner, it also exposes you to less radiation. This is a huge improvement from x-rays which could only produce two-dimensional images of your teeth and exposed you to more radiation.
Planmeca Emerald 3D Scanning is also built on an “open plan” system. This means that we can easily share the images of your smile captured using this technology which other programs we use in the office and with outside dental labs. We can, therefore, create restorations more accurately and quickly than ever before.
If you’ve had to give an impression of your teeth for a crown or similar restoration in the past with a mold, you may remember how messy and uncomfortable it was. With Planmeca Emerald 3D scanning, there’s no need for that. We can take a complete, and more accurate, scan of your entire mouth much quicker and without any of that mess.
If you’re in need of dental work and think Planmeca Emerald 3D Scanning could help streamline and make your procedure more comfortable, please don’t hesitate to call us at (918) 891-3059 to schedule your consultation. Do it today!