CAD/CAM Technology: What Are The Options?
CAD/CAM technology has become an essential part of digital dentistry. It provides efficient, predictable, and high-quality design and milling of dental restorations. Various CAD/CAM systems are available to suit different needs, skills, and budgets. The main options are:
1. Chairside CAD/CAM: compact units operated by dentists for same-day fabrication of restorations like inlays, onlays, veneers, and crowns. Leading brands are CEREC, Planscan, and AvaDent.
2. Laboratory CAD/CAM: more advanced systems for labs to design and mill a wide range of restorations from different materials. Brands like Ivoclar and 3Shape are popular.
3. Open CAD/CAM: 3rd party software like exocad is compatible with different digital impression systems and milling units—more flexibility and affordability.
4. Outsourcing CAD/CAM: for those who prefer not to own a system, sending digital impression files to specialized labs for CAD/CAM production is a good option.
The choice depends on factors like practice size, restoration volume, available space, budget, openness to technology, etc. Dentists need to weigh the pros and cons of different systems and services based on their unique situations.
With 3D capability, CAD/CAM technology is able to provide a perfect combination of esthetics, function, and durability. Its applications will continue to expand to benefit both dental professionals and patients. You have more options now to incorporate this valuable technology into your practice. Think carefully and you can find the optimal solution for digital excellence!