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Mounting Upper and Lower Jaws for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Devices- Panthera

When scanning for an oral appliance with an intra-oral scanner, you can capture the upper jaw and the lower jaw and the Verical Dimension in protrusive, but if you don’t transfer that information to the lab, there is a good chance they will not properly mount them

Panthera Apnea Appliance

There are a lot of software available to you where you can mount and pin the models together so when they are printed, they can use male and female components to align them properly

Support Pins for Printing

This video shows how to capture the upper jaw. It is the easier arch to scan as there is no tongue, saliva or a dark oro-pharynx to manage

Upper Arch Scan

Every type of user should watch this carefully and appreciate where we recommend you start scanning the lower arch. In our courses we go in to great detail on why you should not start in the anterior or the second molars. you instantly set yourself up for trouble. here’s the easiest place to start and to build and accurate model with
Also, as new user, if you are working alone, you can use the optragate to retract the lip and the tip of the camera to displace the tongue. We recommend that you use a focal setting of 12 mm’s. This may slow advanced users down, but for new users, it helps hide distractions for the camera and software and speed you along. If you look in the bottom right corner, anything in purple is what the camera ignores. There are certain elements you want the camera not to see so it doesn’t slow you down

lower arch scan with medit medit

quick little pointer for a new user that shows how to protect areas so that you don’t introduce errors like the tongue getting in your way. the blue models areas that are protected so any future data that lands on it is automatically deleted

Manage Arch Scan with Protect Feature

Capturing the bite in open and protrusive position

Bilateral bite capture

With every 3D software, there are times where the data sets are too large for the software to recognize and merge models to.  Once in a while, you may have to help in manual mode.  In this case, you can see how the open bite prohibited the models from being articulated properly and we had to use the manual mode to pin the left and right bites

Manual Bite Merge With Medit i500 for Apnea Device