Choice of IO scanner II

Updated: Nov 6, 2021

In last week's post, I argued why the iTero would not currently be my first choice among IO scanners on the market. So in this post we look more at the 2 best scanners on the market in 2021.



Trios or Primescan?

Both are good scanners. They're not just good, they're great compared to their predecessors.


The Primescan is clearly the best scanner on the market technically and has the advantage of being portable without having to be switched on and off. The scanner is so intuitive to use that neither you, nor your support staff, need an introductory course to scan with it. (Unlike all other competitors)


I don't know if trios has finally solved the problem of the lack of mobility of their cart models. In the event that you need to use your scanner in more than one clinic and you want a Trios. Then I would definitely recommend either buying a laptop model, or purchasing a UPS that you plug into your cart.


It simply takes too long to shut down your Trios, move it and then start it up again. I'm not one of the fastest dentists in the world. Quite the contrary. Still, the slow handling of a Trios cart was driving me crazy when we had it in my clinic. It is possible post-processing, shutdown and start-up have become faster since my experiences. But I still find that most clinic assistants and dentists who have a state-of-the-art Trios4 become distant when I point out this problem - they completely agree!


Benefits of Primescan

Primescan is developed by Dentsply Sirona, which has more than 40 years of experience in IO scanning. Everything works EVERY time. Workflow and use of Primescan is far more intuitive and user friendly than with Trios (for a beginner). It almost doesn't even require an intro course!


Dentsply Sirona has really listened to dentists. As a result, Primescan is open and can export STL files without any problems. It is extremely easy to export STL files and works super well.


Another cool, but overlooked, feature is that you can get the scanner head with a fixed scanner tip but also alternatively with disposable or autoclavable tips. This way, any need the clinic may have is covered. This focus on the individual dentist's wishes and needs runs through the entire design of the scanner and its software. It's just super nice all the way around.

If you ever want to produce in-house prosthetics, no one comes close to the workflow Sirona Dentsply has refined with Cerec over the past 40 years. It works extremely well and works every time. (We've tested both Cerec and Trio's in-house prosthetics workflows. There is no doubt that