Digital impression systems replace traditional physical impression techniques, such as using alginate or silicone materials, with advanced intraoral scanners and associated software. Digital impression systems utilize optical scanning technology to create a 3D digital model of a patient's teeth and oral cavity. The process involves the use of handheld intraoral scanners that capture high-resolution images, either through video or still-image acquisition. These scanners use structured light, laser, or other optical techniques to precisely record the surface details of the teeth and surrounding tissues.
The digital impression systems market has been driven by continuous technological advancements in dental imaging and CAD/CAM technologies. Improvements in accuracy, speed, and ease of use have attracted dental professionals to adopt digital impression systems over traditional analog methods. Dental practices and laboratories have been increasingly adopting digital dentistry solutions due to the benefits they offer. Digital impression systems eliminate the need for physical impressions, leading to better patient experiences, reduced chair side time, and improved overall workflow efficiency. The rising demand for restorative and cosmetic dental procedures has further fueled the adoption of digital impression systems. These systems enable precise and customized dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and veneers, which are in high demand for aesthetic and functional reasons. Digital impression systems can lead to cost savings for dental practices and laboratories in the long run. While the initial investment might be higher, the elimination of material costs associated with traditional impressions and reduced fabrication time for restorations can result in overall cost savings. Integration of intraoral scanners with CAD/CAM systems has been a significant trend in the market. This integration allows for seamless digital workflows, enabling dental professionals to design and fabricate restorations in-house or through digital dental laboratories. Digital impression systems offer a more comfortable experience for patients compared to traditional impression methods, which can be messy and uncomfortable. Improved patient comfort and satisfaction have been contributing factors to the adoption of digital impression systems.
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