3Shape had the opportunity to speak with NYU College of Dentistry Clinical Assistant Professor of Dental Hygiene, Victoria Benvenuto, about her experience with intraoral scanners in the practice.
She presents a different perspective to why practices should use an intraoral scanner. As she states, it is usually the hygienist or assistant doing the patient-scanning, this makes her opinion of the technology extremely valuable to practices who are considering going digital.
Benvenuto has more than fifteen years of clinical experience and now uses her expertise to educate the next generation of dental professionals.
What do patients say about 3D scanning of their mouth?
“I would say that the majority of patients really like the technology aspect of it and they also appreciate that the office is utilizing new technology rather than traditional impressions. Many patients comment that they are pleased to not have the impression material which oftentimes makes them gag. Patients also expressed that they really liked seeing their whole mouth in just minutes.”
What was the learning curve with an intraoral scanner for you?
“There was a short learning curve, but I must say after 1-2 practice scans, I was comfortable doing the scans. Most of the scans were done either by the hygienist or the dental assistants. The doctors also did scans as needed but mostly depended on the clinicians. “
She adds, “In my experience, intraoral scanners enable better patient education, improved esthetic quality, and increased patient comfort. They also reduce the chair time required for treatment by delivering highly efficient and accurate images.”
About the expert
Victoria Benvenuto is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting at NYU College of Dentistry. She is also the dental hygiene clinical academic coordinator and the course director for periodontics and clinic for second-year dental hygiene students. In addition to teaching, she has practiced dental hygiene for 15 years.
NYU College of Dentistry