If you need to have dental work done, you want to make sure you receive a diagnosis that is precise, or one that is based on clear diagnostic imaging. That is why we, at Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, use CAD/CAM technology. By using this equipment, we can make it easier for you, as the patient, to make the right decision with respect to your dental treatment and care. Read more about this dental technology below.
What Is CAD/CAM Technology?
CAD/CAM is truly a “cutting edge” technology, as it saves us from sending restorations to an outside lab. By using the technology, we can take impressions and create a restoration in as short as an hour. We do this by using reverse engineering to account for any missing areas of a tooth or to create a new restoration. The technology is used for adding a crown or other restoration after an implant procedure, as well as for adding the implants themselves.
The proprietary software used in a CAD/CAM process builds physical restorations from 3D modeling. This is done by transmitting the information to a milling machine where a prosthesis is made. To perform the activity, the computer uses an additive process, such as 3D printing, and a subtractive method, such as CNC milling.
What Is CNC Milling?
The CNC milling technique is a numerically controlled form of computer-based machining, and involves the use of a rotational cutting tool. This tool can move along several axes and produce various shapes and designs, including holes and slots. Therefore, CNC milling is often used to provide crowns for implants or to offer same-day restorations when the patient cannot wait for a prosthesis to be made.
How Is the CAD/CAM System Used for Creating Implants?
By using CAD/CAM for implants, we can make implants that are more precise, and therefore offer a better fit. To do this, we employ three steps - scanning, CAD modeling, and CAM production.
The scanner is used to record the 3D geometry for infrastructural measurements. This information is used to make a virtual dental model of a restoration. The CAD element designs a 3D design of a finished implant component. In turn, the CAM system is used to create an actual implant in accordance with the virtual model and component design.
What Are the Major Benefits of CAD/CAM Restorations?
When we use the CAD/CAM technology to take care of our implant patients’ dental needs, we find that they are both happier and satisfied. By taking this approach, we can provide a more accurate restoration - one that is long-lasting and supportive. Because we reduce the number of surgical procedures by using a CAD/CAM system, we also substantially reduce any chance of complications.
In addition, by using a CAD/CAM system, we increase dental comfort, which leads to less stress and dental anxiety. The time a patient has to wait on a restoration is significantly reduced as well, thereby making the process of getting implants and restorations less expensive. Overall, patients experience better outcomes and much shorter wait times.
Do you need to get implants? If so, ask us how we use CAD/CAM to make implants and add restorations. Give Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants a call at (737) 309-4351 for more information. If you have further questions about CAD/CAM, now is the time to call.