The Trios 3 shape

Let’s face it, very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth, which do just that — “fill” a cavity, or hole, in your tooth left from the excavation of decayed tooth structure. In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and can go bad, weaken the tooth, or get additional decay under or around it. In fact, 1.2 billion of these metal fillings will need to be replaced in the next 10 years.

What is Trios?

Trios is a three in one digital impression solution. A multifunctional digital tool for dentists that creates 3D digital impressions, measures color shades of teeth, and takes intraoral HD photos for case documentation. All of this case information immediately goes to our dental lab technician for designing and manufacturing restorations of the highest quality and fit. Trios enables out office to be more efficient, more precise and our patients more comfortable.

Exam and Preparation

First, your Dentist examines the tooth and determines the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, or a full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining and the clinical judgment of your Dentist. Next, he or she administers an anesthetic and prepares your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth tissue. This preparation is just like he or she would do for many other restorative techniques.


Then, your Dentist takes an Optical Impression of the prepared tooth. Instead of filling a tray with impression “goop” that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens, your Dentist coats the tooth with a non-toxic, tasteless powder. A camera is then used to take a digital picture of your tooth. This whole Optical Impression process takes only a minute or two.


Trios makes taking impressions easy and more efficient, with no impression materials or mess. It provides accurate impressions from the start solving many problems providing a better patient experience. It’s more convenient for patients by reducing the number of appointment and over overall chair time, making appointment quick with no discomfort caused by impression materials.

TRIOS® is registered trademark of 3 Shape Dental.