3M True Definition Scanner Enables Simplified Dental Implant Process

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (April 16, 2013) – 3M ESPE announces that the dental implant process can now be dramatically simplified with its 3M™ True Definition Scanner. Together with BIOMET 3i, the 3M True Definition Scanner makes it possible for dentists to increase productivity and reduce appointment time for patients receiving dental implants. A simplified, all-digital implant workflow for the 3M True Definition Scanner and the BIOMET 3i BellaTek® Encode® Impression System allows a custom implant abutment and final crown to be designed from just one digital scan, eliminating the traditional impression coping process and maximizing efficiency and accuracy.

A departure from the traditional implant restoration process, the 3M True Definition Scanner and BIOMET 3i system allow the dentist to use a small wand in the patient’s mouth to digitally capture an impression of the dental implant healing abutment. Embedded codes on the surface of the BellaTek Encode Healing Abutment relay the information needed to create the final abutment. With no need for traditional impression material or an impression coping, the process is a fast, comfortable and patient-friendly way to restore dental implants. The new workflow is available to dentists who use the BIOMET 3i BellaTek Encode Impression System and subscribe to the Advanced Data Plan offered through the 3M™ Connection Center

In addition to simplifying the implant procedure, the 3M True Definition Scanner can also help dental laboratories digitally create restorations like crowns and bridges to restore missing teeth. A dentist’s best first step to digital dentistry, the 3M True Definition Scanner provides the accuracy needed for predictable clinical outcomes and an open and secure cloud-based platform.

“We know that choice is valuable to dentists, and the 3M True Definition Scanner is designed to give them flexibility in trusted, integrated workflows,” said Dave Frazee, business director, 3M Digital Oral Care, 3M ESPE. “We are happy to add BIOMET 3i as a new Trusted Connection with the 3M True Definition Scanner.”

For more information on this digital workflow and the state-of-the-art 3M True Definition Scanner, please visit www.3M.com/TrueDefinition.

1. Study methodology described in: van der Meer WJ, et. al. (2012). Application of Intra-Oral Dental Scanners in the Digital Workflow of Implantology. PLoS ONE 7(8):e43312. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043312. Additional measurements conducted by ACTA (Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam); Wicher J. van der Meer, et. al. (2012). Publication pending.

3M ESPE is a dental product manufacturer that markets more than 2,000 dental products and services. 3M ESPE dental products are designed to help dental professionals improve their patients' oral health care. The 3M Digital Oral Care Department, part of the 3M ESPE Division, aims to accelerate and strengthen 3M’s efforts to lead the digital transformation that is occurring in oral care. 3M Health Care, one of 3M’s five Business Groups, provides world-class innovative products and services to help health care professionals improve the practice and delivery of patient care in medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets. For more information on the complete 3M ESPE line of dental products, visit the 3M ESPE website at http://www.3MESPE.com or call the 3M ESPE Technical Hotline at 1-800-634-2249. Products are available for purchase through authorized 3M ESPE distributors.

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3i, BellaTek, Encode, and "Providing Solutions — One Patient at a Time" are trademarks of Biomet 3i, LLC.  Biomet is a trademark of Biomet Manufacturing Corp.

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About BIOMET 3i
BIOMET 3i LLC is a leading manufacturer of dental implants, abutments and related products. Since its inception in 1987, BIOMET 3i has been on the forefront in developing, manufacturing and distributing oral reconstructive products, including dental implant components and bone and tissue regenerative materials. The company also provides educational programs and seminars for dental professionals around the world. BIOMET 3i is based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with operations throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. For more information about BIOMET 3i, please visit www.biomet3i.com or contact the company at (800) 342-5454; outside the U.S. dial (561) 776-6700.