Journal of Dentistry and Oral Care
CAD CAM - Understanding the Basics: A Review
- 1Specialist Prosthodontist, Private dental practice, Dubai
- 2Senior Lecturer, Department of Prosthodontics, Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences, Bangalore
Smitha Annie Jacob, Specialist Prosthodontist, Private dental practice, Dubai E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Smitha A.J., et al. CAD CAM- Understanding the Basics: A Review. (2016) J Dent Oral Care 2(3): 1- 6.
© 2016 Smitha A.J. This is an Open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
KeywordsCAD CAM; Ceramics; Digital Dentistry; Digital Workflow; CEREC
CAD/CAM is a field of 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 crowns, crown, veneers, inlays and onlays, fixed bridges, dental implant restorations, dentures (removable or fixed), and orthodontic appliances.
There exists a misconception that the CAD/CAM process is complicated and time-consuming. However, the CAD/CAM system is simple to operate, versatile, and precise. All-ceramic restorations can be designed and milled chair side, with the added advantage of elimination of traditional impressions and temporaries, and the patient leaves the appointment in about an hour with the final restoration in place. Dental CAD/CAM is approaching 20 years of clinical experience and has a proven track record on all relevant aspects of clinical performance, including fit, longevity and survival rates, sensitivity, strength, and wear.