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What Is CAD/CAM Dentistry?

In your search for a new dentist, you may have come across the acronyms CAD and CAM. While they are related, they do mean differ things. CAD refers to computer-assisted design while CAM means computer-assisted modeling. Though it was created several years ago, CAD/CAM dentistry has only recently become an affordable and available option for many people.

Benefits of CAD/CAM dentistry

Now, this newly modernized dental technology is transforming common dental restorations such as veneers, crowns and bridges. Read on to learn the benefits for you as a dental patient.

Using the CEREC system, dental crowns are available the same day versus several week later. Another useful process of CAD/CAM dentistry is the ability to print a 3D model of teeth. This becomes especially important when encountering a challenging mouth restoration situation. Although cosmetic dentistry and restoration can fix many problems, it has its limits. This is where CAD/CAM attempts to step in.

Which ceramic CAD/CAM approach can you expect from North Pointe Dental Associates? It starts with a simple mouth scan performed by a dental team member using a handheld scanner. This eliminates the need for those uncomfortable impression trays. A lightning fast evaluation gets each and every restoration to the production stage faster. At this point, the previous evaluation reveals smoother surfaces and a more accurate fit.

In regards to which ceramic CAD/CAM advantages you should anticipate – there are many. As we previously mentioned, the methods of CAD/CAM speed up the time it takes to create, produce and mount restorations. It also increases the accuracy of all three components. A CAD/CAM restoration looks more natural, takes less time to create and fits better in your mouth. It has extraordinary quality which is designed to endure immense friction.

With CAD/CAM, you’ll enjoy a more comfortable overall experience as well as quicker service. Lastly, many restorations and dental appliances have become more affordable with the CAD/CAM system. At North Pointe Dental Associates, this savings is passed along to you, the dental patient.

Before agreeing to any type of mouth restoration, be sure to ask your dentist which ceramic CAD/CAM he or she offers. Remember, we’re always happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your dental health. Call us at (813) 961-1727 or send us an email at

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