At Precision Dental Specialties, we utilize CAD/CAM technology to provide safe, effective, and quick results when it comes to surgical planning and restorations. CAD/CAM dentistry is a relatively new innovation that has revolutionized implant placement and prosthetic teeth. If you need an aesthetically-pleasing and durable restoration, CAD/CAM dentistry may be the ideal solution for you.
Uses for CAD/CAM Technology
Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) is used in both the dental office and laboratory settings for several reasons. The most popular use for CAD/CAM technology is restoration design and fabrication. This type of technology can be used for inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, fixed partial dentures, and implant abutments.
As surgical specialists, we use CAD/CAM primarily for precise implant placement and restoration design.
Is CAD/CAM Dentistry Right for You?
Dr. Scott E. Bulloch will be able to determine if CAD/CAM dentistry is right for you during your consultation appointment. We may utilize certain diagnostic tools, like digital x-rays, to make sure you qualify for treatment. If we do recommend CAD/CAM dentistry, be sure to ask any questions and voice concerns. Our goal is to ensure you have the best possible experience. Staying informed on your treatment can help assuage any fears or anxieties you may have regarding your procedure.
The CAD/CAM Process
During CAD/CAM dentistry, we begin with a digital impression to create custom 3D images of your teeth and gums. The digital impression is produced using an intraoral camera that takes hundreds of pictures. The CAD software combines these pictures to produce a comprehensive 3D representation of your mouth.
This 3D image can be used to design your restoration to the exact specifics of your teeth or gums. Once we have developed your restoration, the information is wirelessly sent to our milling unit. Next, we place a porcelain block into the unit, which fabricates your restoration to the specifications of our digital design.
After the fabrication process is complete, your restoration will be polished until it matches the sheen of natural teeth. We use porcelain because it possesses the same light-reflective properties as tooth enamel. Once the restoration is ready, we will permanently bond it to the dental implant. The entire process takes anywhere from 40 minutes to two and a half hours.
Benefits of CAD/CAM Dentistry
There are several benefits associated with CAD/CAM dentistry. The most cited benefit is convenience and speed. CAD/CAM technology allows us to design, fabricate, and place your restoration within a single appointment. Traditional fabrication methods can take upwards of two weeks.
Because the process can be completed within a single visit, there is also no need for a temporary restoration. This can make your treatment more cost-effective and comfortable. The digital impressions also eliminate the need for goopy uncomfortable impression materials.
CAD/CAM-produced restorations are aesthetically-pleasing and durable. With the proper care and maintenance, your new restoration should last for many years. Talk with Dr. Scott E. Bulloch to learn more about your CAD/CAM options.
Schedule a Consultation
Find out today if you qualify for CAD/CAM dentistry! Call 435-522-5629 to schedule your consultation today!