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CAD/CAM Technology

CAD/CAM stands for Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing. It refers to the use of computer technology to assist in the design and manufacturing of dental restorations and prosthetics.
At our dental clinic, the entire process of designing and manufacturing your ceramic crowns is carried out using the best ceramic materials and the most advanced CAD/CAM technology. This technology allows for a rapid turnaround in the production of your dental restorations and guarantees an aesthetic outcome and perfect fit between ceramic crown and dental preparation. Computer-controlled milling and 3D printing technologies can produce restorations with a high degree of accuracy, reducing the margin for error compared to traditional methods.

What are the benefits of CAD/CAM Technology in Dentistry?

Efficiency: CAD/CAM technology streamlines the design and manufacturing process, reducing the time required to produce dental restorations.
Precision: The digital nature of CAD/CAM systems contributes to high precision and accuracy, leading to better-fitting and more reliable dental prosthetics.
Customization: CAD/CAM allows for precise customization based on individual patient needs and anatomical considerations.
Patient Convenience: Same-day restorations, made possible by CAD/CAM, offer patients the convenience of completing their treatment in a single visit.
Digital Records: CAD/CAM technology facilitates the creation and storage of digital records, improving communication among dental professionals and providing a basis for future reference.

What is CEREC?

CEREC is a dental CAD/CAM system that enables dentists to design, create, and place dental restorations, such as crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays, in a single visit to the dental office. We have been using this technology since September 2015 with excellent results and patient satisfaction.

The CEREC process:

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Digital impression
We begin with the capture of digital impressions using our intraoral scanner.
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Design (CAD)
The digital impression is used to design the restoration using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. We customize the shape, size, and fit of the restoration based on the patient’s specific needs.
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Milling (CAM)

After the design phase, the CAD data is sent to our milling machine, which fabricates the restoration from a solid block of ceramic material. The milling process usually takes about 10-20 minutes.

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Finishing and polishing
Once the restoration is milled, it is carefully removed from the block, and any necessary adjustments are made. The restoration is then sintered and glazed in our CEREC SpeedFire furnace to achieve a natural appearance and smooth surface.
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Placement
The completed restoration is ready for immediate placement in the patient’s mouth. The entire process, from digital impression to placement, can often be completed in a single dental visit.

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