Interview with Carrie Nelson, director of marketing, E4D
One could say that scanners are becoming the
new thing in the technology world, and that
interest from dental providers is picking up
speed. Tell me about your next-generation
intraoral scanner, the Planmeca Emerald.
The Planmeca Emerald is an ergonomic, elegantly-designed scanner that provides a comfortable feel with
superior control when capturing intraoral images. The
software can be simultaneously operated with dual function controls, which make single-handed operation ideal
for the clinician. “Smart” heated scanner tips eliminate
fogging, which allows for a continuous scan. Tips are also
easily autoclaveable and have a built-in use tracker.
When scanning an image intraorally, dentists
want it to be quick, simple, and accurate. Is this
something the Planmeca Emerald can brag about?
In a clinical setting, two of the most sought-after features
of dental equipment are speed and ease of use. The agility
of the Planmeca Emerald permits the clinician to quickly
capture single-tooth and full-arch images within seconds
to minutes. The multicolor laser-based system allows for
brilliant clarity and color reproduction, resulting in very
accurate digital impressions, which in turn lead to precise
communication with the patient, as well as data exchange,
and connectivity between the patient, other offices, and
the laboratory. This collaboration with labs is enhanced and
worry-free with the use of the Planmeca Romexis software
and open STL files. Other features include the ability to send
files to third parties without additional click or subscrip-
tion fees. In addition, same-day dentistry can be offered to
patients by incorporating a mill with the scanner.
One of the things that can be a turnoff when
looking to invest in new dental technology is
finding out that additional purchases need to be
made. What is the interfacing capacity between
the Planmeca Emerald and existing dental
The Planmeca Emerald is a highly-portable plug-and-play
unit, which means it can be used on different PCs in different operatories and offices. It is built on an open-system
platform, creating smooth integration with other equipment
in your office. It was also designed to have advanced connectivity features. For example, the Planmeca Emerald can
be used as a stand-alone unit, or it can be networked via a
server. That means it can be networked within a single office
or across multiple offices. This flexibility allows you to create
a scalable system that fits your needs.
How is the durability of the Planmeca Emerald? Can
it withstand the wear and tear of everyday use?
The part of a scanner that most undoubtedly sees the most
abuse is the cord. Wear and tear issues, and subsequently
the long-term use of the scanner, are addressed with the
capacity to replace the cord, which in turn extends the
life of the scanner. From an investment standpoint, this is
a plus because replacing an entire scanner due to cord
malfunctions is not something you as a clinician want to do,
especially when the scanner goes out of warranty.
Training with new equipment is a must. What
kind of program is offered to teach the dental
team how to use the Planmeca Emerald?
As with each of our products, customers can take advantage of education, training, and support. Planmeca Emerald
is manufactured in the USA by E4D Technologies, a leader
in 3-D CAD/CAM hardware and software solutions for the
dental market. We are also launching a new Planmeca
Loyalty program. Through this program, current customers
have access to special pricing, updates, and more.
Any final thoughts?
At planmecacadcamloyalty.com, interested customers can
receive a quote. Finally, the Planmeca Emerald gives
clinicians the freedom of practicing dentistry in the ways
that best suit their practices. It is sure to be a competitive
scanner on the open market.
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