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Computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) enhance the design and creation of dental restorations such as crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays and bridges from a single block of ceramic.
With a conventional restoration, a temporary is placed inside a patient’s mouth for one to several weeks while the lab produces the restoration. After waiting one to several weeks, the patient returns to the office to have the temporary removed and the restoration bonded in place.
CAD/CAM dentistry, or Chairside CAD/CAM, enables a clinician to design and create a restoration in less than an hour and bond it on the same day.
A complete digital workflow for Chairside CAD/CAM follows a three-step process:
First, decay or broken areas of the tooth must be corrected by the clinician. Next, a digital impression is taken of the prepared tooth and surrounding teeth. These images are turned into a digital model by special software and the restoration is created virtually.
Finally, the software sends this information to a milling machine where the restoration is milled. The restoration is then adjusted in the patient’s mouth and bonded in place.
The entire chairside process can be completed in 40 minutes to two and a half hours.
CAD/CAM offers multiple benefits to restorative dentistry. Its number one advantage is improved accuracy. Outsourcing crowns and other restorative options to the lab is no longer required; therefore, the entire process can be completed in one office visit and reduce the need for a temporary restoration.
It’s no secret that there is a learning curve when converting to one-visit restorations. As with anything new, it requires effort to become familiar with the ins and outs of the equipment, software and workflow changes.
The practices that integrate new technologies with the highest rates of success are those who have teams who are ready, willing and able to put forth the effort to make the transition.
There have been several proposals on how to determine the economic viability of adding chairside CAD/CAM to your practice. A general recommendation is to note the number of restorations your practice does per month, as well as how much is spent on the lab to produce those restorations.
Manufacturing those restorations in-office will eliminate the lab bill. There will also be savings on impression materials and whatever costs are involved with a patient’s second office visit.
If the amount being spent on CAD/CAM equipment and supplies is less than what is currently being spent on these other items, and the steps can be done in a reasonable amount of time, then it makes sense to invest in this technology and equipment.
Learn more about the workflow here and how you can start practicing more efficiently.
Benco Dental is known for its largest and most complete dental showrooms. You will find the greatest selection of equipment lines and categories in all three of our showroom locations:
Spend a day or two learning about Benco, test driving our CAD/CAM equipment, defining your goals and visions and meeting with vendors and other product experts.
Purchasing new equipment and technology is a major decision. Visiting one of our showroom locations and talking with our product experts will ensure you are making the right decisions for your practice.
This experience should make you feel like a VIP, and that’s why Benco will cover all travel and meal accommodations for up to four people during your visit. Qualifications include a customer EQAC and that you are a candidate for a CAD/CAM workflow.
Join Gari as he takes you through a virtual tour at CenterPoint East, Benco’s largest showroom. Get a glimpse at some of our operatories, sterilization centers, digital imaging room and design center just to name a few!