Gloria Chan explains why the flexibility of the Cerec intraoral scanner as a modular system means dentists reap formidable benefits by using it as their digital impression taking solution.

Every dentist is different, and they are all looking for something to meet their unique clinical needs. There are those seeking to transform their entire workflow over to digital and then there are many others who simply don’t require the full array of digital solutions but find an intraoral scanner invaluable for their own specific goals.

From improving the comfort of the patient experience, to saving chair time and reducing the number of appointments, Dentsply Sirona’s Cerec AC Connect and Cerec AF Connect with Omnicam can quickly enable practitioners to meet their ambitions, whatever they may be.

Using a Cerec intraoral scanner

Many dentists use their scanners as a straight digital replacement for traditional impressions. Although a full chairside solution now exists for everything done in practice from beginning to end, these days more and more dentists are coming to the realisation that it is possible to invest in just a single aspect of it.

A multitude of benefits

Digital scanners have applications across a wide variety of different areas of dentistry – implants, restorative, orthodontics as well as general dentistry. The benefits that a Cerec Omnicam intraoral scanner will bring to a practice include:

  • User friendly systems for the dentist or the rest of the team to use, making the scan easy, intuitive and ergonomic
  • It improves communication with the lab – allowing the dental professional to completely allocate restorative cases directly to the digitally enabled dental laboratory of choice, without additional scanning fees
  • Instant digital communication allows the lab to get on with designing the restoration or orthodontic device before your patient has left the surgery
  • Cerec Omnicam’s open .STL file format makes it compatible with most makes of design software and lab equipment.

Cerec AC and Cerec AF

When it comes to Cerec, we’ve put that theory into practice by offering two flexible and modular options to enjoy the benefits of the clinically-acclaimed Cerec Omnicam intraoral scanner:

  • Cerec AC – the mobile cart version: Cerec AC with Omnicam comprises a portable camera, PC and monitor in a compact acquisition centre on four wheels for digital impressions. You can scan and design centrally with the Cerec AC
  • Cerec AF – the flexible tabletop unit: Cerec AF comprises the individual components of the Cerec Omnicam including a camera tray and PC monitor. The portable camera is optional and interchangeable between both AC and AF options.

Increased comfort for patients

Negativity about the experience of taking traditional impressions often comes up when patients are asked what they remember about visiting the dentist, especially issues of comfort and time. This contrasts with the much quicker time to carry out a full-mouth scan, which releases the patient earlier and reduces costly chair time, benefitting both patient and dentist, and is more comfortable and free of mess.

When practitioners consider the feasibility of adding digital dentistry to their practice it definitely makes sense to think about the Cerec Omnicam modular option as the ideal first step. Many are using it to transform their practice now before deciding whether to add more digital equipment in future.


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