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3M™ True Definition Scanner - Information for Dentists

Accuracy that Puts You in Control

The 3M™ True Definition Scanner is proven to be more accurate—and more consistently accurate—than other leading intraoral scanners.¹ The 3M™ True Definition Scanner is accurate enough for your most challenging cases—long-span bridges, multi-unit restorations and full-arch dentistry—where there is little tolerance for distortion or error.

3M™ True Definition Scanner impressions have been used to create thousands of cases tracking at a clinically proven fit rate of 99.7%.² Doctors who’ve used it say restorations just "drop right in." The accuracy is so reliable, many cases don’t even require a model.

These precisely fitting restorations eliminate the need for retakes, remakes and adjustments which means:

  • Faster seating times and fewer return visits associated with remakes
  • Lower material and labor costs
  • Improved patient convenience, satisfaction and loyalty

¹ Data on file.
² Data on file.

Fitted Restorations 3M™ True Definition Scanner
Courtesy of Dr. Donald Erickson, DDS.

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Innovative Design for a Better Overall Experience

The 3M™ True Definition Scanner has the smallest wand on the market for fast and easy scanning. The lightweight wand is ergonomically balanced and allows one-handed scanning from multiple positions.

  • Fast: Once the field is prepared, an adept user can scan a full diagnostic arch in as little as 60 seconds.
  • Easy: Handles like a traditional dental handpiece; narrow, angled tip provides easy access to the posterior.
  • Comfortable: The small profile and fast scan time make it more comfortable for you, your staff and your patients.

  • The 3M™ True Definition Scanner has the smallest wand on the market
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Open and Trusted Connections

3M™ True Definition Scanner files are “open” – they can be used with any system that accepts STL files, giving you unlimited options for design, materials, and production.

What is a Trusted Connection? 3M collaborates with leading manufacturers to offer customers seamless integrations to a range of CAD/CAM, digital implant and orthodontic appliance workflows. The Trusted Connection process includes technical and clinical validation. These connections provide the benefits of an integrated system without the drawbacks of a proprietary network.

What can you do with a 3M™ True Definition Scanner?

Open and trusted Connections

Scanner and data plans are available from qualified 3M™ True Definition Scanner Channel Partners.

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How It Works

3M™ True Definition Scanner Components

3M™ True Definition Scanner Components

Overview of Basic Scanning Workflow

Scan, Review and ApproveScan the operative and opposing quadrant or arch and take a bite scan with patient in centric occlusion.

Review and Approve: The system will not allow you to send a file until you review and approve your prep using powerful assessment tools.

Prescribe and SendEnter the prescription including type of restoration, material, shade, etc. "Sign" prescription using a unique pin number assigned to the dentist.

Send the highly accurate digital impression to the 3M™ Connection Center – a secure, cloud-based hub where you can share and store digital impressions and models.

Design and ProduceThe STL file can be accessed by your lab for design and fabrication or you can choose to design and mill chairside, restore implants or create orthodontic appliances through one of the broad array of Trusted Connections. Or, export the STL files and share them with any open CAD/CAM system.

Seat and CementOnce complete, you can seat and cement the restoration during a same-day or second appointment.

Click here if you are a dental lab interested in working with digital impressions.

Watch the Workflows Step by Step

Data Plans

All of our affordable, subscription-based Data Plans for Dentists or Lab Packages include unlimited software upgrades and updates, guaranteeing you always have the latest software without unexpected fees. Your monthly cost remains the same, but with each case, you increase the return on your investment. The scanner and data plans are available from qualified 3M™ True Definition Scanner Channel Partners.

Standard Data Plan for Dentists

The Standard Data Plan is designed to cover the majority of crown and bridge work in a typical office: securely send digital impressions and STL files to your lab or design and mill chairside.

Advanced Data Plan for Dentists

With the Advanced Data Plan you get everything included in the Standard Data Plan and the ability to digitally restore implants or prescribe clear aligners.

Data Plan Features

Standard Data Plan
Covers the Majority of What You Want to Do

Advanced Data Plan
Gives You Even More Choices

Open STL files available for dental lab
Free software upgrades and updates
Unlimited scans (no per scan charges or click fees) and secure file transfers to the lab)
Unlimited cloud-based digital impression/model storage
Access to the Trusted Model Production Connection for digitally precise SLA working models
Trusted Connection to the Incognito™ Appliance System and Unitek™ Digital Models¹
Trusted Connection to in-office CAD/CAM systems, including PlanMill™ 40 and TS150™ Chairside Mills
Trusted Connections to implant workflows including BIOMET 3i™ and Straumann® CARES® Prosthetic Solutions  
Trusted Connections to orthodontic appliances including Invisalign® Clear Aligners  
Download industry-standard STL files from the 3M™ Connection Center to share with other third party providers.²  

¹$20 for each model. Only available in select countries.

²Regardless of which plan you choose, your dental lab receives and has access to your STL files for import into their own systems.

Download Data Plans for Dentists (pdf, 115KB)

Clinical Case Videos

Resources and Online CE

Education and Online CE

Achieving Predictable, Clinical Outcomes with Digital Impressions » (On Demand CE)

Successful Chairside Milling and Integration with Open Digital Impression System » (On Demand CE)

Model-less Digital Restorative Workflow » (Espertise™ Educational Seminar)


Technical Specifications (pdf, 139KB)

Data Packages for Labs (pdf, 106KB)

Data Plans for Dentists (pdf, 115KB)

3M True Definition Scanner Brochure - Dentist (pdf, 393KB)

3M True Definition Scanner Brochure – Orthodontist (pdf, 665KB)


Staying Ahead Of The Curve: Integrating A Digital Scanner Into Your Implant Workflow - Dr. John Weston, DDS (pdf, 240KB)

Creating a Better Patient Experience Using Intraoral Scanning to Build Clear Aligners - Dr. Neil Warshawsky, DDS, MS (pdf, 224KB)

How the 3M™ True Definition Scanner offers flexibility and an economical price point, making digital dentistry a practical option for more dentists » Dental Products Report, July, 2013

Why I Made the Move to Digital Dental Impressions by Dr. Joshua Austin, DDS » October 2013

Technology your Patients will Notice by Dr. Bruce Cooper, DDS Dental Products Report, June 2013

Top 6 benefits of digital impressions and a model-less workflow. » Dental Products Report, May 2013

Dr. Jeffrey Cecil - Featured Practice using 3M™ True Definition Scanner. Dental Products Report, May 2013

I Made That with Shannon Scott. » Dental Products Report, April, 2013

Benefits of the Trifecta Method by 3M ESPE: Review with Dr. Chad Duplantis, Dental Products Report, April 2013

From the Podium by Dr. Brett Fredrickson » Dental Product Shopper, March 2013

Efficient, Accurate, and Affordable Digital Scanning by Dr. Donald Erickson. » Dentistry Today, January 2013


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