CAD/CAM, or computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing, is a digital imaging and restoration milling system. CAD/CAM technology has been used for decades in traditional manufacturing, and has been a vital resource in crafting lifelike dental restorations for over 20 years. CAD/CAM allows your dentist to prepare a tooth that needs to be restored, measure the tooth digitally, and craft the restoration (such as a porcelain crown or porcelain veneers) in-office, all during a single visit.
Because CAD/CAM digitizes the dental restoration process, the procedure is cleaner, quicker, and more accurate. In many cases, CAD/CAM-created crowns and other restorations are stronger and more attractive than traditionally crafted restorations. The benefits of Same-Day Dentistry using CAD/CAM technology include:
- No need for a second or third appointment
- Less time off work or school to restore your smile
- No need for a temporary restoration
- No messy impressions and molds, since the process is completely digital