No more messy impressions, bothersome temporaries or second appointments!
One of the most cutting edge advances is the inclusion of the CAD/CAM (also known as Same-Day Dentistry) technology in dentistry.
The CAD in this technology stands for “computer-assisted design,” and the CAM for “computer-assisted manufacture.” Together, they translate into fewer dental visits to complete procedures such as crowns, veneers and fillings.
For instance, traditionally when a patient needs a crown, a dentist must make a mold of the tooth and fashion a temporary crown, then wait weeks for the dental laboratory to make a permanent one. With CAD/CAM systems, instead of using traditionally inconvenient and messy impression materials, dentists can obtain clean, fast digital impressions in a few minutes using a laser scanner in the mouth. This laser scanning technology is not only extremely precise when “capturing” all of the details of a patient’s smile, but is also as safe as the check-out scanner at a grocery store. But, best of all, there is no messy, distasteful impressions and no temporaries!
Then, while the patient watches, a dental professional custom designs a crown, veneer, or filling using the chair-side, computer-based design center. The design is then sent through a wireless network to the in-office milling unit where the patient’s crown, veneer, or filling is made. Shortly thereafter, it’s permanently seated in his or her mouth the same day!
The most commonly used CAD/CAM systems are the E4D machine and the CEREC machine.
Benefits of Same Day Dentistry:
- No more messy impressions
- No more temporaries
- No more waiting for your permanent crown
Patients can be in and out of the dental office with their permanent, natural-looking and metal-free restorations in a single visit. Same Day Dentistry is perfect for situations like chipped, worn or cracked teeth; teeth that are discolored or have gaps and spaces between them; teeth that have decay and/or old, worn fillings.
These are exciting times – the same innovations that are revolutionizing business and technology are being clinically proven to enhance the precision and longevity of modern dental treatment options. Also, such technologies are making today’s modern dentistry more convenient, less time consuming, and more patient-friendly.