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CAD/CAM dentistry is a field of dentistry and prosthetic dentistry using computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to enhance the method and formation of dental restorations, especially the involvement of crowns, veneers, inlays & onlays, bridges, dental implant restorations and orthodontic appliances.

Some dentists have CAD/CAM machines available at their dental practice.

CEREC technology is a common one used by dentists.

CEREC stands for Ceramic Reconstruction and is a system that creates strong, customised, metal-free dental restorations, usually within a single appointment.

In the course of one visit, the damaged tooth is prepared and the CEREC machine takes a computer image of the tooth, meaning there are no impressions required. The use of this technology means the restorations are very detailed and accurate.

The CEREC software creates and electronic model of the tooth, the dentist will then use this model to create the restoration for the tooth and the finished creation is sent wirelessly to an in-office milling machine.

A high-grade ceramic material is then manufactured to complete the new crown by use of the CEREC machine.

The crown may require some minimal finishing touches which the dentist can do and then it is placed directly on to the tooth.

The CEREC restoration is the perfect size, shape and shade for each patient’s individual smile.

Ian, the Mosman dentist. Dentist Mosman.


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