CEREC: CAD/CAM Restorations

CEREC: CAD/CAM Restorations

Mar 16, 2021 | Imaging

CAD/CAM stands for computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing.

Use of CAD/CAM technology increases efficiency and accuracy, and can often reduce the overall number of patient visits needed.  This technology allows the dental team to fabricate precise shapes and sizes for dental restorations including inlays, onlays, crowns, and bridges. This technology provides patients with durable, esthetic, well-fitted single and multiple tooth restorations in a more efficient manner. 

We prepare the tooth and use our intraoral scanner to take digital impressions of your mouth and the prepared tooth.  3D images with the exact details and dimensions of your prepared tooth are uploaded into the CAD software, which your doctor uses to evaluate and design the restoration that will replace the missing part of the tooth.  This virtual design is sent to a milling unit, and the tooth replacement is milled out of a solid block of ceramic or comosite resin.  The restoration is adjusted in your mouth and cemented or bonded in place, restoring and enhancing the appearance and function of a natural tooth.