There are certain technological advancements in dentistry that push the field forward, and change the way that dentists help people regain happy and healthy smiles: CAD/CAM is a prime example.
Our Lincoln Park dentists use CAD/CAM to improve our patients’ experiences, and make dental treatment faster and more convenient than ever before. Keep reading to learn more about what CAD/CAM is, and how it is used!
First of all, CAD/CAM stands for “computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing,” respectively). This technology helps our dental team craft dental restorations and prosthetics right here in our office.
Here is what the process generally looks like…
1. You’ll come into the office and our team will assess the state of your smile, any specific teeth that need restoring
2. Any teeth that require treatment will be prepped—our dentist will remove any infected or damaged material, and shape the tooth for the restoration
3. Next, our team will take a scan—also called a digital impression—of your tooth. This digital impression gives us the information that we need in order to mill a restoration to your exact specifications
4. We will then input your digital scan into the milling machine, and your crown or dental prosthetic is carved based on that information
5. Once the restoration is shaped, it is shaded to match your natural enamel
6. Now it’s time to check the fit of your restoration, and make any refinements necessary
7. Once everything is perfect, our dentist bonds your restoration to your enamel so that it stays permanently in your smile!
CAD/CAM allows our team to completely restore your tooth in just one appointment. You don’t have to bother with temporary crowns or scheduling multiple appointments.
If you want to learn more about restorative dentistry in general, or CAD/Cam, specifically, our Lincoln Park dentists are here to provide you with the information you need!