Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

Evaluation of the accuracy of 2 digital intraoral scanners: A 3D analysis study

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      Statement of problem

      Evidence for the accuracy of a recently introduced intraoral scanner is lacking.


      The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate and compare the trueness (validity) and precision (reliability) of 2 intraoral scanners by scanning a quadrant and a sextant.

      Material and methods

      A maxillary typodont with plastic teeth made from a shade A3 polymethyl methacrylate was scanned (n=10) with each intraoral scanner (Planmeca Emerald and 3Shape TRIOS 3) to obtain sextant and quadrant scans. Control scans were made with an industrial optical scanner. The scans were analyzed with a 3D reverse engineering software program and an independent samples t test and general linear model 2-way analysis of variance (α=.05).


      The 3Shape TRIOS 3 scanner showed no significant difference between the sextant and quadrant scans in trueness (P=.118) or in precision (P<.285). The Emerald scanner had statistically significant higher trueness for the sextant scan (P=.007). The 3Shape TRIOS 3 scanner had better performance in trueness and precision when compared with the Emerald scanner.


      The 3Shape TRIOS 3 scanner was found to be more accurate than the Emerald scanner in terms of trueness and precision, regardless of the scanning field. The Emerald scanner’s trueness decreased as the scanning field increased from a sextant to a quadrant.
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