Computer Aided Technologies (CAD/CAM) and Dentistry
Recent major advancements in computer aided technologies have allowed for the restoration of teeth in a single visit. Computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) using cutting edge software, 3-D photography, and 3-D printing allow for the construction and placement of teeth restorations in a single visit. Crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, bridges, and implants can now be placed in one or very few visits, eliminating or reducing the need for uncomfortable temporaries and extra office visits.
Applications to our Practice
Our office uses CEREC CAD/CAM technologies, the leader in computer aided dentistry. The teeth are prepped and photographed with a 3-D camera that links to a the CEREC software. The program then reconstructs the image of the prep and images the surrounding teeth to allow for optimal design and aesthetics. Once the design is finished, the image file is sent to an in-office 3-D printing machine that mills the restoration out of fine porcelain blocks using diamond burs.
Applications to the Patient
The restoration is fitted to the patient and then painted and cooked in a kiln. The tooth is cemented into place and often very little drilling is needed before the process is finished. The final product is a beautiful restoration of form, function, and beauty, with minimal time and exertion on the patient.
If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation to obtain more information, please do not hesitate to contact our team at your earliest convenience at hawaiipacificdental.com or (808)955-0008 in Oahu or (808)245-6933 in Kauai.