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ADA study finds 53% of surveyed practices using an intraoral scanner

A study from the American Dental Association (ADA) published in August 2021, has found that 53% of those practices surveyed are using an intraoral scanner in the USA. The study, published in August 2021, is the organization’s most recent to date.

The study found that the top three reasons for a practice to choose an intraoral scanner are 70% saying improved efficiency, 59% citing transitioning their practice from analog to digital, and 52% identifying improved lab communications

Practices surveyed also cited that the three main advantages of having an intraoral scanner are:

  • 40% saying: better outcomes than conventional methods
  • 20% - improved efficiency
  • 12% - improved patient education

The survey taken from 369 panelists found that the most frequent treatment with a dental scanner is a single tooth-supported crown. With over 90% of respondents saying that it was the most popular treatment they used their scanner for.

The study also found that 34% of those presently not using a scanner would look to buy one during the year.

In terms of satisfaction, 91% of those surveyed were at least mostly satisfied with their intraoral scanner.

Lastly, 66% of the respondents who did not presently own an intraoral scanner considered financial barriers as the most common reason for not investing in one.

Are intraoral scanner prices stopping you from going digital? Read the blog post by Dr. Jonathan L. Ferencz.

See the study here