Removables Scan Guide

Scanning Tips and Tricks 

Examples of Good Scans

  1. Captures vestibule areas - lingual and buccal.                                                       
  2. Captures at least 5 mm of the lingual and buccal gum tissue.                           
  3. Captures the full palate.                                                                                   
  4. Captures both retromolar pads.                                                                         

Examples of Bad Scans 

  1. Contain voids.                                                                                                     
  2. Contain layering.                                                                                               
  3. Contain holes.                                                                                                             
  4. Contain distortions.                                                                                                     

Tips for Better Scans 

Moisture control 

Keep the area dry before and during scanning. 

  • Try using active suction or compressed air - one person can scan while another can work to keep the area dry.
  • Saliva is the leading cause for voids and distortions. 

Cheek and lip retraction 

  • Use tools around the office to your advantage. Cheek retractors help greatly in keeping the cheek away from the hard to get vestibule areas. 

Gum tissue scanning 

  • Tilt the scanner on both sides of the patient's arch.
  • Do not just hover directly over the occlusal surface - try different angles. • Slow down when scanning the posterior teeth - scanning too quickly leads to voids. 

Before scan submission and dismissing the patient, check the following: 

Are all surfaces of the posterior teeth captured? 

Are both of the retromolar pads captured? 

Are there any distortions, holes, or layering? 

Is the entire palate captured? 


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