CAD/CAM Restorations

What is CAD/CAM Dentistry?

CAD/CAM is a process in dentistry and prosthodontics using CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) to improve the design and creation of dental restorations, especially dental prostheses, including:

CAD/CAM complements earlier technologies used for fabrication of these restorations by any combination of:

  • increasing the speed of design and creation allowing same day delivery.
  • increasing the convenience or simplicity of the design, creation, and insertion processes.
  • making possible restorations and appliances that otherwise would have been infeasible.

CAD/CAM dentistry uses subtractive processes (such as CNC milling) and additive processes (such as 3D printing) to produce physical dental applications from 3D virtual models.