One breakthrough instrument, called CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing), allows dentists to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience.
How does the CAD/CAM system work?
Our CAD/CAM system incorporates a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. We use a special camera to take an accurate picture of your damaged tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where we’ll use CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while you wait. Finally, we bond the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one hour.
What does this innovation mean for a patient?
A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. We no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated, which means your damaged tooth can be replaced in one short visit!