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3M True Definition Scanner and Dentrix: New Trusted Connection Seamlessly Advances the Digital Patient Record

3M and Dentrix are beefing up the digital patient record with digital impression data.

Similar to the Dentrix Connected approach to partnerships, 3M Oral Care collaborates with leading dental companies to offer 3M True Definition Scanner customers seamless integration to a broad range of software, CAD/CAM, digital implant, and orthodontic appliance workflows. The Trusted Connection process includes comprehensive technical and clinical validation, ensuring performance and quality that meets your high standards. These connections provide the benefits of an integrated system without the drawbacks of a proprietary format.

So what’s the latest and greatest Trusted Connection from 3M? Why, Dentrix, of course! Users of the True Definition Scanner now have the ability to place a record of their intraoral scans into the patient’s chart in the Dentrix practice management system. Working closely with Henry Schein, 3M has certified its True Definition Scanner as Dentrix Connected.

The Skinny on the Scanner

The 3M True Definition Scanner–available in mobile or cart editions–offers unparalleled accuracy, ease of use, and affordability for making fast, precise digital dental impressions. Proven to be more accurate and more consistently accurate than other leading intraoral scanners(1), our 3D-in-motion video technology generates a true replica of your patient’s oral anatomy–giving you more visibility right from the start. Plus, our innovative design ensures fast, comfortable intraoral scanning for greater patient satisfaction.

The new 3M Mobile True Definition Scanner is the world’s first intraoral scanner that operates solely on a tablet. The compact size not only fits your hand, but with an MSRP of $16,995 it fits your budget also, providing a cost-effective entry into digital dentistry. And, it fits your practice–elevating care by producing a clear, easy-to-understand visual representation of the anatomy to help increase patient acceptance.

Toward a Better Patient Record

This new connection seamlessly stores a 2D record of the intraoral scan within the Patient Chart, making the process of recording and saving patient information more efficient, while a link to our 3M Connection Center gives you easy access to clinical records and exclusive 3D visualization tools, depending on your data plan. This connection furthers our integration within the digital dental ecosystem and strengthens the relationship that Henry Schein, Dentrix, and 3M bring to our joint customers.

To begin, you log in to the DDX platform with your username and password.

After this, you navigate to the DDX store from the drop-down list in the upper-right corner and select 3M. Then click Configure.

On the Customer Login screen, log in using your 3M Connection Center credentials.

You then confirm the information that you are sending to Henry Schein.

Some fields are required for the Trusted Connection to work. Now the Dentrix Progress Notes Chart panel will include a 3M True Definition tab. Clicking this tab will reveal the list of 3M True Definition cases for that patient. Clicking a case will open a preview of the scan files and the order information from DDX.

This Dentrix Connected version of the scanning software is available to all subscribers of the 3M Standard Data plan or higher and requires Dentrix 5.2 or higher and a current subscription to Digital Dental Exchange (DDX) OS, a web-based service that enables you to quickly and efficiently exchange and manage casework with a laboratory partner. Some features of the connection may require a subscription to the 3M Advanced Data Plan.

The 3M True Definition Scanner is an open system. New connections to create leading workflow, application, or capabilities between dental and orthodontic companies and software and systems companies are continually being tested and validated for future integration. As it becomes ever more important for clinicians to have all their patient information in one digital location, we are dedicated to bringing digital impressioning to the next level in terms of simple record storage and usage.


Learn More

To learn more about 3M True Definition Scanner, visit www.3M.com/TrueDef.

To find other Dentrix Connected Partners, visit https://www.dentrix.com/products/dentrix-connected.


The businesses featured in this column are not owned or controlled by Dentrix or Henry Schein and have provided the description of their company, products, and services themselves. Dentrix and Henry Schein make no independent assessment of the above information, and consumers should contact these providers directly if seeking additional information about their products or services.


By Josie Bunning, U.S. Procedure Marketer, 3M Oral Care

Originally published in Dentrix Magazine, Spring 2017