Cadent, Carlstadt, NJ, unveiled the "next-generation" iTero Digital Impression System at the ADA’s 148thAnnual Session. iTero is the firstdigital impression solution for the fabrication of all dentalrestorations and material options.
"Since it was introduced last year, the dentalcommunity has embraced iTero as a pioneering product in the era ofdigital dentistry," said Terry Gunning, CEO of Cadent. "With theintroduction of our next-generation system, we have built on theoutstanding performance of the original product and continued the legacyof continuous innovation and superior customer service for which Cadenthas become known.
"The new iTero introduces novel functionalitythat significantly improves scanning time and offers users additionalflexibility in designing superior fitting prosthetics," Gunning added. "These enhancements allow ourcustomers to complete the scanning process more quickly, accurately, andefficiently."
The added features and benefits in the software update include:
50% reduction in overall digital capture and scan time;
50% faster real-time display of 3D digital model;
expanded shade library to include vita 3D master;
background color options in both solid colors and gradients for addeddepth of 3D models; and
a modified foot-pedal design for increased stability during scanning.
"With the enhanced version of iTero, I haveexperienced a reduction in scanning per patient from 3 to 1.5 minutes.iTero has taken the headache out of taking an impression by allowing meto take predictable, repeatable impressions that create precision-fitrestorations," said Bret H. Jacobson, DDS, aSeattle-based dentist who is a current iTero user and Beta-tested bothgenerations of the iTero digital impression system. "WithiTero there is an improved accuracy of fit; my patients overwhelminglyprefer it to traditional impression-taking methods, my laboratoryappreciates the durable and accurate Cadent models, and I use it as amarketing tool to differentiate my practice."
iTero uses an intraoral scanner thattakes images to capture the 3D geometry of the tooth-preparation area. The digital model is magnified and displayed while the patient is stillin the chair. This enhanced visualization, plus real-time analyticaltools, enables the clinician to make adjustments as necessary beforecompleting the scanning process. Once the dentist approves the image,the file is sent electronically to a Cadent-partnering dentallaboratory. All of this takes less than 5 minutes of the clinicians’ orclinical staff’s time. The laboratory reviews the digital file and sendsit electronically to Cadent’s manufacturingfacility for milling into the physical model. Cadent returns thephysical model to the local dental laboratory, which applies theaesthetics and delivers the end result—abeautiful, precise-fitting restoration—to thedentist, all within standard service times.
The Cadent iTero digital impression system is commercially available inmore than 30 states throughout the United States. As Cadent continues its phasedlaunch, the company anticipates iTero will be available nationwide bymid-2008. For additional information on iTero, visit www.cadentitero.com.