Clinical Study of the Influence of Ambient Lighting Conditions on the Mesh Quality of an Intraoral Scanner Academic Article uri icon


  • PURPOSE: To compute the effect of ambient light illuminance settings on the mesh quality of the digital scans accomplished in a subject. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A subject was recruited. The maxillary dentition did not present any dental restoration. A prosthodontist recorded different complete-arch maxillary digital scans by using an IOS (TRIOS 3; 3Shape) under 4 different illuminance light conditions namely chair light at 10,000-lux illuminance (CL group), room light at 1000-lux illuminance (RL group), natural light at 500-lux illuminance (NL group), and no light at 0-lux luminosity (ZL group). Ten digital scans for each group were consecutively obtained. Mesh quality was examined using the iso2mesh MATLAB package. Shapiro-Wilk test revealed a nonnormally distributed data. Kruskal-Wallis one-way ANOVA, and pair-wise comparison were selected to evaluate the data (α = 0.05). RESULTS: Significant differences in mesh quality values were measured among the groups (p < 0.001). Pair-wise comparisons revealed that significant difference was found across all pairs of lighting groups, except for the RL-NL comparison (p = 0.279). However, the CL condition obtained the highest mean values, followed by RL and NL groups, and the lowest mean values were obtained on the ZL lighting condition. CONCLUSIONS: Chair light at 10,000-lux illuminance condition is recommended to maximize the quality mesh values of the IOS system tested (TRIOS 3; 3Shape).

author list (cited authors)

  • Revilla‐León, M., Subramanian, S. G., Özcan, M., & Krishnamurthy, V. R.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • June 2020