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Intraoral scanners recommended for patient communications

An interesting study published on January 17, 2024 finds that intraoral scanners improve the communication of dental findings with parents and their patient-children.

The study involved 60 children approximately 10 years old with their parents or guardians. 30 of the children were scanned with a 3Shape TRIOS 4 intraoral scanner and then informed of children’s dentition using the IO scans from TRIOS as a visual aid.

The other 30 were verbally told of the results of their examinations.

The study found a significant difference between the group that used an intraoral scanner and the other group in terms of understanding the oral situation.

Intraoral scanners recommended for patient communications

In fact, only 57.2 ± 17.8% of the participants in the control group without the scanner were capable of answering questions correctly whereas the group that was supported by the TRIOS scans 85.5 ± 17.3% (mean ± standard deviation) answered correctly.

In particular, the control group (without the scans) had difficulties answering the questions about treatment needs and therapy correctly.

The clinical study concluded: “Within the limitations of this pilot RCT, IOS can clearly be recommended as a visual aid to improve the communication of dental findings with PGs (parents & guardians) in pediatric dentistry as it significantly increases comprehension, especially regarding treatment issues.”

In a recent article in Dental Product Shopper magazine, US-based dentist Dr. Glen Goldstein, said: “There’s a ‘wow’ factor to using the TRIOS. I constantly get asked, “What IS that?” and patients are always amazed by the technology.”

The clinical study: Improving the Communication of Dental Findings in Pediatric Dentistry by Using Intraoral Scans as a Visual Aid: A Randomized Clinical Trial Nelly Schulz-Weidner 1,*ORCID, Marina Gruber 2,Eva May Schraml 3,Bernd Wöstmann 2,Norbert Krämer 1 and Maximiliane Amelie Schlenz 2,*ORCID

The clinical study can be found here