Planmeca has announced a dental unit integrated intraoral scanning solution designed to bring measurable benefits for patients, dentists, and laboratories.To read more about Planmeca, go to Planmeca.The new patient-friendly, high-performance process delivers clinical information about the patient anatomy by combining the surface data from Planmeca PlanScan intraoral scanner with Planmeca Promax 3D CBVT X-ray data and the 3-D facial photo acquired from Planmeca Promax 3D ProFace. A 3-D combination of these three, 3-dimensional data enables more accurate treatment planning and procedures.Planmeca PlanScan intraoral scanner allows the dentists to capture the intraoral situation directly and save it as a highly accurate 3-D digital model. This model is ready to use for design. Dentists can omit the taking of impressions and bypass related disadvantages such as inaccuracies, material costs, impression retakes, and manual handling. Patient satisfaction increases, due to less chair time, reduced remakes, faster treatment completion, better fits, and an overall improved chair-side experience. Planmeca PlanScan intraoral scanner is integrated to dental unit, which enhances ergonomics and all-digital workflow. Planmeca PlanScan is also offered as cart delivery when preferred.Labs can help strengthen professional ties with their dentist's clients by offering new digital services that include receiving the dentist’s Planmeca PlanScan scanner data directly. This will effectively help dentists transition into digital impression taking while enabling them to enjoy the range of indications and results that come with professional dental technician expertise. The lab can also experience workflow benefits--more accurate case input and shorter turnaround times--because restoration design work can start immediately without creation of a physical model. The combination of intraoral surface data, 3-D X-ray data and facial soft tissue image delivers benefits for different specialists. Integrating surgical planning and prosthetic planning, the 3-D digital model, helps defining the ideal position of implant. Furthermore, the implant planning data can be used in crown design.The 3-D X-ray data alone contains accurate information about the bone structure. Now with the combined data, periodontal tissues can be evaluated in relation to bone. For orthodontic treatment, no gypsum models are no longer necessary, and the treatment follow-up can be done using radiation-free Planmeca ProFace images.“The perfect combination of digital intraoral scan, CBVT and 3-D facial photo exhibits our firm commitment to open CAD/CAM technology and best practices in dentistry,” explained Tuomas Lokki, vice president of marketing and sales at Planmeca Oy."Planmeca strives for improving the end-user productivity by making the workflow at the specialist clinic as efficient and streamlined as possible. The new Planmeca PlanScan intraoral scanner is pivotal in this transition. Furthermore, our innovative R&D provides the dental laboratories means to serve their customer dentists in a fast and accurate manner."For more information, go to www.planmceca.com.To comment on this product, go to community.pennwelldentalgroup.com/.