Digital CAD CAM Technology
Digitally Shaping the Dental Industry for Improved Dental lab Products and Services
Digital CAD CAM Technology in the dental industry has been evolving and improving dental procedures and products immensely for over 20 years, but now more than ever it’s becoming more widely utilized. Currently, the term Digital Dentistry has been coined to represent this digital evolution in the dental industry. Due to the incorporation of digital technologies in the manufacturing process of dental products, dental labs and practices are able to see a variety of benefits that improve dental products and the experience of not only the patient but also the dental practice and lab as well.
Digital Dentistry can be broadly defined as any dental technology or device that incorporates digital or computer controlled components to aid in the manufacturing of dental lab products and/or dental treatment process. This broad definition can range from the most common thought area of digital dentistry – CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) – to Digital radiography for intraoral and extraoral, including cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). Originally, the driving force for bringing computers into the dental operatory was to achieve a clearer image, primarily intraoral digital radiology, for better diagnosis in dental treatment. This technology has evolved to do many other tasks including record keeping, 3D digital imaging of dental impressions, transmission of images, integration with practice management systems, patient education and more.
CAD/CAM Digital Systems has greatly increased the efficiency of dental production in the dental industry, making it the ideal option for designing and manufacturing prosthetics. By virtually designing and milling the dental prosthetic, our team of certified dental technicians are able to consistently produce a more natural looking and longer-lasting restoration while saving costs in labor and materials. CAD/CAM technology and metal-free materials are being used to create highly esthetic, durable and functional ceramic crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, bridges and dentures. CAD/CAM Dental is also used to fabricate custom abutments for dental implants, which is very important for stabilizing and integrating the prosthetic within the jawbone for long-term biocompatibility. Today’s CAD/CAM restorations are more resilient, better fitting and more natural looking (multihued and translucent, similar to natural teeth) than previously machined restorations. We support all major CAD/CAM digital scanners including CEREC Connect, 3 SHAPE, iTERO, 3M ESPE, Carestream and more.
More dentists than ever are switching to digital scanners as a replacement to traditional impressions. Digital scanners provide better comfort for patients by eliminating awkward impression trays and unnecessary messes that comes along with them. With digital impressions, dentists are able to reduce “chair time” and cut material costs while allowing them to see more patients. Another benefit is being able to instantly email the digital impression directly to the laboratory as opposed to paying for shipping and waiting the standard delivery time to start production. Also being able to visually explain your diagnosis and treatment plan in real time to your patient “chair side” improves the overall experience of the patient. Digital Dentistry in the USA is increasingly becoming the new standard for reliable, efficient dental production.
If you’re not ready to give up conventional impressions just yet but you’re curious to see what digital dentistry has to offer, try our Model-Free Option. Our skilled CAD/CAM department uses a special technique to scan in your conventional impressions to design your model and restoration virtually, than milling out a flawless prosthetic every time.