.  2022 Mar;26(1):15-26. 10.32542/implantology.2022002.

Comparison of Accuracy in Digital Implant Impression using Dedicated and Compatible Scanbodies

  • 1Prosthodontist, Yumeung Dental Clinic, Cheonan, Korea
  • 2Resident, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwagnju, Korea
  • 3Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwagnju, Korea


The purpose of this study was to compare the accuracy of digital implant impressions using two different types of scanbodies for the same implant.
Materials and Methods
Four implants (TS III) were inserted in the second premolar and the first molar edentulous areas on a mandibular acrylic resin dentiform. Reference digital images were obtained through a dental model scanner (S600 ARTI model scanner) af ter connecting their own digital scanbodies for the implants. Experimental intraoral scanner images were acquired using the Trios ® scanner with both Zirconzhan’s own scanbodies for the implants and compatible scanbodies (Dio scan adapter 01). The experimental groups were categorized into eight groups (T1-T4, NT1-NT4) according to position of the implant, existence of the second molar and scanbody type. Digital images of the experimental group were matched with the reference images using the optimal matching algorithm of a 3D image analysis program (Geomagic Design X 2014), and scanning errors were calculated. Independent two sample t-test was applied to assess the significance between the two experimental groups (α = .05).
Average error values in Groups T1-NT4 were 0.87 ± 0.46 um, 4.86 ± 3.08 um, 4.64 ± 1.94 um, 3.80 ± 2.76 um, 4.34 ± 2.45 um, 16.80 ± 4.98 um, 7.51 ± 1.09 um, and 12.96 ± 3.74 um respectively. Statistically significant differences were found corresponding to the second premolar edentulous area according to the scanbodies. Statistically significant differences were found in both the second premolar and first molar edentulous areas depending on the presence of the most posterior tooth.
Using compatible scanbodies to take a digital impression of an implant can be an effective alternative to using a dedicated scanbody for the implant.


Compatible scanbody; Digital impression; Intraoral scanner; Scan accuracy
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