Digital Dentistry

CAD/CAM Dentistry

Like other medical fields, dentistry has made significant advancements in the 21st century thanks to rapid technological advances such as additive manufacturing (3D printing). As a result, CAD/CAM dentistry has been revolutionised, offering several benefits to patients and professionals.

Digital Dentistry

What Is CAD/CAM Dental?

CAD/CAM stands for computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing. It is a software program that aids professionals in restorative dentistry, helping them make fixtures used for dental restorations like veneers, bridges, ceramic crowns, inlays, onlays, dentures, and partial crowns.

Though the technology has been around since the 1980s, current access to specific tools has made the process a lot more accurate, simpler, and quicker. Dentists can now make restoration fixtures onsite, in a matter of minutes.

How Does CAD/CAM Dentistry Work?

Depending on your case’s complexity, CAD/CAM restorations often take between 45 minutes and two hours. Here is a general step by step breakdown of the process:

  • Tooth Preparation: One of our qualified dentists will prepare your tooth or teeth, removing the decay or portions of your structurally compromised tooth.
  • Intraoral Scanning: An optical scanner will then take digital impressions of the affected tooth and surrounding teeth.
  • Restoration Design: Using the 3d images we get, we will use the numeric controlled CAD/CAM software to design the restoration fixture.
  • Milling: The milling machine shapes the fixture you need from a block of ceramics.
  • Sintering and Polishing: We then stain the restoration fixture to make it look natural and polish it.
  • Cementation: After polishing, we will place the fixture on the prepared tooth to complete the procedure.


Benefits of CAD/CAM Dentistry

Some of the benefits of this technology include:

  • The restoration procedures do not involve dental impressions that require you to place alginate in your mouth, holding the material until it sets
  • It is cost-effective
  • CAD/CAM enables single-visit treatments, meaning fewer disruptions in your schedule

Contact Central Hutt Dental in Lower Hutt


Get in contact with Central Hutt Dental and learn more about how CAD/CAM technology can benefit you. Please schedule an appointment online or by dialling 04 566 1122 today.