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CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) is an advanced dental technology that is utilized for the restoration of decayed, cracked, or chipped teeth. CAD/CAM can create full crowns, inlays, and onlays. The CAD/CAM machine crafts a restoration in a matter of minutes. The restorations are made of compressed porcelain. The most beneficial feature of receiving a CAD/CAM restoration is that it is accomplished in one visit. In addition to the benefit of a one visit restoration, there is no uncomfortable impression material to bite on or temporary to wear. Instead of sending your impressions to a lab and waiting weeks for the restoration to return, you leave with your permanent restoration that same day.
The procedure for placement of a CAD/CAM restoration is very simple. The first step is to remove all decay from the tooth. The doctor will then shape the tooth in preparation to take a digital picture. Once this image is captured, the tooth will appear on a computer screen in 3D. This will allow the doctor to design the restoration right in front of you. Once the design is completed, the CAD/CAM system will mill the restoration. This step takes approximately 20 minutes. You can actually watch this process if you would like. When the restoration is finished milling, the doctor will place the restoration. The entire process should take about 90 minutes.