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How to Scan Metal

Scanning highly reflective surfaces can be a challenge with every intra-oral scanner. Here’s a pointer that can help: don’t start by trying to scan the metal or highly reflective surface. Get your purchase point on material that is easy to scan, like gum tissue or tooth structure. Once the model starts to form, you can then build on your desired material.

In this example, we are scanning a metal framework for a hybrid. Notice how the scanner does not recognize the metal at first, until it starts to image the thumb holding it. Once you start building the metal model and then remove the thumb and image over that area, the fingers are removed from the equation