The new system, 3M True Definition Scanner, features a ‘3D-in-motion’ video technology which enables users to record the video of oral anatomy in detail and simultaneously view the recorded version.

The system also includes an open and secure cloud-based platform, supported by the 3M Connection Center, which stores, shares and connects the open STL (three-dimensional) files with other dental labs enabling clinicians to choose the best solution for the desired clinical outcome.

In addition, the digital impression system also connects with other systems including chairside and lab-based mills.

3M ESPE president Mark Farmer said digital impressions bring improved productivity, better oral care and a better patient experience.

"We believe those benefits should be within reach for every dental practice," Farmer added.

"Our new, affordable digital impression system is open and designed for multiple connections with other mills and systems."

The company said the new digital impression system will boldly redefine the economics of CAD/CAM dentistry with a recommended retail price of $11,995.