2018 Volume 37 Issue 4 Pages 628-633
We compared the accuracy of digital models generated by desktop-scanning of conventional impression/plaster models versus intraoral scanning. Eight ceramic spheres were attached to the buccal molar regions of dental epoxy models, and reference linear-distance measurement were determined using a contact-type coordinate measuring instrument. Alginate (AI group) and silicone (SI group) impressions were taken and converted into cast models using dental stone; the models were scanned using desktop scanner. As an alternative, intraoral scans were taken using an intraoral scanner, and digital models were generated from these scans (IOS group). Twelve linear-distance measurement combinations were calculated between different sphere-centers for all digital models. There were no significant differences among the three groups using total of six linear-distance measurements. When limited to five lineardistance measurement, the IOS group showed significantly higher accuracy compared to the AI and SI groups. Intraoral scans may be more accurate compared to scans of conventional impression/plaster models.