Scanning Shiny Surfaces

If you’re using an intraoral scanner to take digital impressions, then you already know their many benefits. However, it’s always good to have a few tricks up your sleeve when using new technology. Often when scanning shiny surfaces, such as a metal restoration, bracket or abutment, you may notice an overly bright area (or “hotspot”) on your scan. Not to worry, in this video I share a few easy tips for scanning reflective surfaces and getting the perfect scan to complete your digital impression.

Fortunately, most of my patients don’t have a full set of grillz, but sometimes optical scanners need a little extra help digitizing the area around shiny surfaces. With these tips and tricks, you should have no problem scanning brackets, abutments, crowns and other reflective objects. Yes, even grillz.

Author: Joel Henriod, DDS, MHS

A graduate of the UCLA School of Dentistry, Dr. Henriod served as Chief Resident during his Periodontic Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Henriod is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Maxillofacial Radiology, American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, California Dental Association and California Society of Periodontists. Dr. Henriod maintains a private practice, Pasadena Periodontics and Dental Implants, and is certified in LANAP.