Anybody who has been the recipient of one or more cosmetic dental implements over the course of their life is probably more than aware of how long and drawn-out the process can be. While the final result is always pristine, there is usually more than a bit of back and forth to and from the dental office. The most significant waiting period is probably the time between being measured for the new addition and the time spent waiting for it to be physically produced in a dental lab. Technological breakthroughs in recent years, however, have made this inconvenience completely obsolete. With the advent of CAD/CAM technology, our dentists are now able to outfit your smile with the appropriate enhancements in less time than ever before.
In the past, an initial consultation appointment with out dentist was required to both go over the goals of the patient and also to prepare the mouth for the fixture and take the impressions an off-site dental lab would use to manufacture your new crown, bridge, or onlay. Once the fixture was ready, you had to go back to the office to have it placed. The CAD/CAM workflow streamlines the process, allowing our dentists to restore your teeth with much less unnecessary waiting.
CAD/CAM technique involves special equipment that enables our dentists to complete the process entirely in our own office and in one visit. After the tooth or teeth in question have been cleaned, sculpted, and prepared in anticipation of the coming procedure, a highly-accurate scanner is used to gather as much data as possible about them, and a digital 3D model of the patient’s mouth will be generated. From this model the appropriate measurements will be taken. This data is then used to instruct a built-in, extremely precise milling chamber on what to build and how to build it. Using this information, your new fixture will be hewn from either composite resin or porcelain. When the machine has finished producing the implement, the rest of the process is as simple as having it placed, set with cement, and adjusted within the context of your bite.