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3M™ True Definition Scanner

Accuracy that puts You in Control

Whether you want to add digital impressioning to your existing workflow or expand your digital footprint to include the broadest range of restorations and orthodontic appliances—the 3M™ True Definition Scanner gives you unparalleled:

  • Accuracy: Precise enough to be validated for chairside milling, orthodontics and implant workflows
  • Flexibility: With the broadest array of Open and Trusted Connections, you choose how you want to practice digital dentistry and treat your patients
  • Control: With our standalone scanner and your choice of data plans, you control your level of investment

Accuracy that Puts You in Control

When it comes to creating the perfect impression, accuracy is everything. The 3M™ True Definition Scanner is proven to be more accurate—and more consistently accurate—than other leading intraoral scanners¹. 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.

Fitted Restorations
Courtesy of Dr. Donald Erickson, DDS.

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

Take the next step to creating restorations with the form, fit and function that live up to your high standards. The scanner and data plans are available from qualified 3M™ True Definition Scanner Channel Partners.

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

¹ Study methodology described in: van der Meer WJ, et. al. (2012). Application of Intra-Oral Dental Scanners in the Digital Workflow of Implantology. PLoS ONE 7(8):e43312.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043312. Additional measurements conducted by ACTA (Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam); Wicher J. van der Meer, et. al. (2012). Publication pending.

² Data on file.

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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

Be open to the possibilities. Unlike many systems that are "closed", 3M™ True Definition Scanner digital impression files can be used with any system that accepts STL files, giving you and your lab almost unlimited options for design, materials and production, based on what’s clinically appropriate for your patient.

What is a Trusted Connection? 3M collaborates with leading manufacturers to offer 3M™ True Definition Scanner customers seamless integrations to a broad range of 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 network.

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

Open and trusted Connections

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

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

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How does it work

One Device, Unlimited Options

With the broadest array of Open and Trusted Connections — you choose how you want to practice digital dentistry.

3M™ True Definition Scanner Components

3M™ True Definition Scanner Components

Overview of Basic Scanning Workflow

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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See It In Action

Limit Your Investment - Not Your options

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 — covers most digital impression workflows

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

Advanced Data Plan for Dentists — gives you even more choices

With the Advanced Data Plan you get everything included in the Standard Data Plan and the ability to design and mill chairside or digitally restore implants.

Data Plan Features

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

Advanced Data Plan
Gives You Even More Choices

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 3M™ Unitek™ Treatment Management Portal | TMP and Incognito™ Appliance System
Trusted Connection to in-office CAD/CAM systems, including E4D® and TS150™ Chairside Mills  
Trusted Connections to implant workflows including BIOMET 3i™  
Download industry-standard STL files from the 3M™ Connection Center to share with other third party providers.¹  

¹Regardless 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)

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

Clinical Cases

Restorations Produced by the Dental Lab with a Digital Impression

Crown Restoration

Crown on tooth #19

Crown on tooth #31

Multiple-unit Veneer Case with a Partial Denture

Partial Denture

Same-day crown procedure on tooth #23 using 4ED Technologies' E4D Mill

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)

Roadmap to Integration FAQs (pdf, 45KB)

Data Packages for Labs (pdf, 106KB)

Data Plans for Dentists (pdf, 115KB)


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

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

3M™ True Definition Scanner: The Future of Impressioning Technology. » Compendium, October 2012

Sidekick, February 2012


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