Dentistry has progressed at the same rate as any other medical sector in the twenty-first century. CAD-CAM technology has been a tremendous step forward for dental professionals and patients. Let's take a closer look at this technology, and understand how it works and benefits restorative dentistry.
What is CAD-CAM in Dentistry?
Computer-aided Design (CAD) and Computer-aided Manufacturing (CAM) are two types of software that let dentists perform complex restorative procedures faster, more efficiently, and quickly. This technology was originally utilized by dentists in 1985, changing the creation of dental restorations and prostheses. Since then, CAD/CAM dentistry has only progressed, benefiting both dentists and patients. Dentists employ CAD/CAM technology to create high-strength ceramic restorations such as crowns, inlays, onlays, veneers, bridges, dentures, and implant-supported restorations. With this technology, we can insert dental crowns, bridges, and implants in only one appointment.
How Does it Work?
The entire procedure takes up to two and a half hours. Despite the fact that it is a lengthy operation, it will save you a significant amount of time when compared to many visits to the dentist's office. A second appointment is not required with CAD-CAM. Everything is quick, easy, and straightforward. Here is the step by step procedure:
Tooth preparation: We will first prepare the site for restoration by removing all the decay and structurally unstable tooth.
Intraoral scanning: We will use an intraoral scanner to create highly accurate 3D models of your teeth and gums.
Restoration designing: With the 3D images taken, we will use CAD/CAM software to design your restoration right in front of you. We will then send the design to the milling machine.
Milling: The milling machine takes a single block of ceramic and molds it into a crown, veneer, inlay, onlay, or bridge according to the design.
Restoration placement: The restoration is polished before it is finally placed in your mouth using dental adhesives.
Benefits of CAD-CAM Technology in Dentistry
Single-visit treatments: In the traditional laboratory method, the dentist first takes the impression and sends it to the laboratory. The laboratory takes a few days to create the restoration, and then finally, it is placed. CAD-CAM technology saves both you and the dentist from all this fuss, and the whole treatment is completed in just a single visit.
Digital impressions: Earlier, you had to place a tray with thick, gooey material in your mouth and hold it for a few minutes to take impressions. This is not the case with CAD-CAM technology, as it uses an intraoral scanner to take impressions.
Cost-effectiveness: CAD/CAM technology saves you money by eliminating many outsourced costs, which directly results in lower treatment fees.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Anaheim Hills, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist. Please call us at (714) 974-0949 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.