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CAD/CAM Technology


CAD/CAM technology stands for computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing as it has traditionally been used in the manufacturing industry.

Dentists today use CAD/CAM technology to generate accurate sizes and shapes for dental treatments focusing on restoring the teeth. This includes crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays.

CAD/CAM technology enables dentists to create specific sizes and shapes of tooth restorations on a computer. The computer screen reveals a 3-D image of the custom-made design of the restoration—whether it’s a dental crown or bridge—allowing the restoration undergo a screening process. The end result is a replica of the computer screen drawing into the form of a ceramic material.

CAD/CAM technology also shortens dental visits because of the precision it offers. For example, instead of a two-visit procedure, you can complete your treatment within a single visit.


The Benefits of CAD/CAM Technology


1)      CAD/CAM technology equipment is conveniently provided in the dental office, so you won’t need to have teeth impressions done.

2)      CAD/CAM technology ensures precision, resulting in amazing quality.

3)      CAD/CAM technology may not require a temporary restoration to be inserted.

4)      Thanks to today’s scientific advances, CAD/CAM technology can involve the use of porcelain material and zirconia instead of traditional metals like gold.


How Much does CAD/CAM Technology Cost?


CAD/CAM technology ranges in cost depending on the material of the tooth restoration, what kind of tooth restoration you need, who your dentist is, your dentist’s location, and additional aesthetic requirements.

Your dental insurance plan is also one of the factors determining the cost of CAD/CAM technology.

Discuss payment options and plans with your dental office.