DR. DON HILDEBRANDT IS THE FIRST DENTIST IN THE AREA TO UTILIZE NEW DIGITAL IMPRESSION SYSTEM FOR RESTORATIVE PROCEDURES
Cadent iTero™ eliminates putty impressions for crowns, bridges and veneers Reflections Dental is the first dental practice in the Glendale area to use the Cadent iTero™ digital impression system. This revolutionary system significantly improves the experience for patients who require dental impressions for restorative procedures such as crowns, bridges and veneers. The traditional method of creating an impression is a laborious and often an inexact science. Dentists place a tray of unpleasant tasting goo in a patient’s mouth which slowly hardens into a putty-like material that is often forcibly extracted. If the impression is not precise, the dental restoration may require excessive adjustment or may need to be remade altogether, resulting in added chair time and further discomfort for the patient. iTero uses proprietary scanning technology to generate a virtually perfect impression in less time and with less discomfort to the patient.
Guided by voice prompts from a computer, Dr. Hildebrandt takes several scans of the area with a hand-held wand. An exact replica of a patient’s tooth is captured without the need to create a physical mold. “The iTero system allows me to create more precise impressions and eliminates the need for retakes. Because the scans are displayed on a monitor as I work, I can make adjustments and show the patient the end result in real-time,” said Dr. Hildebrandt. “Using iTero means the patient spends less time in the chair and increases my overall productivity. By taking away the dreaded goo, iTero also increases patient comfort.” The iTero digital impression system is manufactured and marketed by Cadent Corporation (Carlstadt, N.J.). iTero technology utilizes a ground breaking intra-oral scanner to capture the 3-D geometry of the tooth preparation area. With each scan, iTero software captures 100,000 data points in a patient’s mouth. The digital models are magnified and displayed while the patient is still in the chair. This enhanced visualization, plus real-time analytical tools, allows the dentist to make adjustments if necessary before completing the scanning process. Once the dentist approves the image, the file is sent electronically to a Cadent-partnering dental laboratory.
The laboratory reviews the digital file and sends it electronically to Cadent’s manufacturing facility for milling into the physical model. Cadent returns the physical model to the local dental laboratory. The laboratory applies the aesthetics and delivers the end-result — a beautiful, precise-fitting restoration — to the dentist office all within standard service times. About Cadent iTero Cadent is the leading provider of 3-D digital solutions for the orthodontic and dental industries. The company services thousands of cases each week for a rapidly expanding customer base. Cadent’s offerings improve the efficiency and effectiveness of orthodontic and dental treatments while increasing the revenue of dental healthcare providers. The company is backed by a consortium of leading venture capital investors including Apax Partners, Panorama Capital (J.P. Morgan Partners), Pitango Venture Capital, STAR Ventures and SV Life Sciences. To learn more visit www.cadentitero.com