CAD/CAM stands for Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM). It is an advanced technology that is widely used in various industries, including dentistry. Here is some important information about it:

Computer-Aided Design (CAD): CAD refers to the process of digitally designing objects or products using computer software. In dentistry, CAD is used to design restorations such as crowns, bridges, veneers and implant abutments. The dentist or dental technician uses CAD software to virtually model the exact shape, size and aesthetics of the restoration based on the patient’s individual needs and requirements.

Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM): CAM refers to the process of computer-controlled manufacturing of objects or products. In dentistry, CAM is used to convert the digital designs from the CAD phase into physical restorations. This is typically done by milling or 3D printing materials such as ceramic, zirconia or plastic. CAM technology enables the precise and efficient production of restorations with minimal human error.


Advantages of CAD/CAM in dentistry:

  • Precision: CAD/CAM technology enables restorations to be adapted precisely and accurately to the patient’s individual oral anatomy.
  • Efficiency: The digital workflow reduces working time and increases the efficiency of design and manufacturing processes.
  • Esthetics: CAD/CAM enables the fabrication of esthetically pleasing restorations with high accuracy and repeatability.
  • Patient comfort: The use of CAD/CAM can reduce the number of visits to the dentist and thus increase patient comfort.
  • Flexibility: CAD/CAM systems offer a variety of material options and application areas to meet the different needs of patients.

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Overall, CAD/CAM has revolutionized the way dentists design and manufacture restorations, helping to improve the quality, precision and efficiency of dental treatments.