The advances in dental technology have changed dentistry for the better. It has revolutionized the dental industry by upgrading dental practices with the use of dental technology. Meanwhile, dentists have been steadily adopting new technology to improve the treatment quality and experience and enrich their clinics with advanced equipment and devices.
The use of CAD/CAM in dentistry has simplified the process of creation for dental restorative devices. For dentists adopting CAD/CAM technology in their clinic translates to improving their practice and making treatment faster and more comfortable.
Along the same lines, in this article, we will be discussing the advantages of CAD/CAM technology over the traditional method of dental prosthesis production.
What is CAD/CAM Technology?
CAD/CAM stands for computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing. These technological advancements have been used for quite a long time in the engineering and manufacturing sector. Its use in the dental industry helps dentists design and manufacture high-quality dental restoration devices, such as crowns, bridges, etc., with accuracy that influences the industry. Furthermore, it is also used to design and manufacture milled ceramic veneers and implant abutments by employing a 3D image printing method and non-metal materials.
How Does CAD/CAM Works?
The cutting-edge concept of CAD/CAM technology allows dentists to create dental restorations for their patients digitally. It captures the patient’s teeth using an optical scanner and displays them in 3D. The 3D bespoke picture is then used to design and develop a dental prosthesis that fits well and looks natural. After using CAD software to create the required restoration, the crown, bridge, or veneer will be machined and tailored to look natural and suit the patient before being sent through a high temperature. After that, it is given a finishing touch, such as polishing.
Benefits of CAD/CAM in a Dental Clinic
CAM/CAD represents what technology means in dental cases. It translates to fewer trips to the dentist for complicated procedures. Many Dentists have already adopted CAD/CAM in their clinics because of its advantages over traditional methods. The dentist first creates the mold, designs a prototype, and then sends it to the lab for manufacture. Dr. Cameron Clokie, a well-known oral surgeon, endorses the use of such dental technology in Canada.
Below we have pointed out four obvious advantages of CAD/CAM technology:
- Time Saving: With CAD/CAM, the process of designing and manufacturing dental restoration is shortened to 2-5 days instead of 2-3 weeks when using the traditional methods.
- Predicting Final Restoration: The prediction of final results becomes more effortless and allows dentists to provide a comfortable and convenient experience to their patients.
- Improves Quality of Restoration: Dentists exercise complete control over the production process resulting in a higher quality restoration that enhances the patient’s self-esteem.
- Natural Look and Function: With CAD/CAM, the produced pieces replicate a natural appearance and work exactly like your natural teeth.
In conclusion, CAD/CAM technology has no doubt benefitted the dental industry by allowing dentists to control everything about the process of dental restorative device production.