Technology is transforming the world in a big way, and the dynamic field of dentistry hasn't been left behind because better dental solutions lie within technological advancements. In this regard, new technologies geared towards improving patient experiences and outcomes are constantly emerging in the dental care industry, and it seems this trend will continue into the future.
Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) technologies are changing modern dental practice in a big way. Currently, these technologies are being used to fabricate non-metal dental restorations such as dentures, crowns, bridges, veneers, abutments for dental implants, onlays and inlays for patients. The use of CAD technology as part of a restorative dental treatment is receiving industry-wide acclaim because of the many benefits that it has to offer. Continue reading on below to learn about some of those benefits.
Helps to create truly custom prosthetic dental restorations.
Thanks to CAD technology, lab techs can draw a precise design of the anatomical features of the teeth, gums and mouth. The technicians can then generate digital impressions of the patient's dentition and use them to make well-fitting prosthetics. This method of treatment increases the overall quality of the restoration because the patient will be provided with truly personalised treatment.
Helps to speed up the treatment process.
No matter the reason why a patient may need tooth restoration, one thing is obvious — they will want to see positive results, and soon! While the effectiveness of dental restoration treatment varies from procedure to procedure and from patient to patient, one notable advantage of restorative dental treatment with CAD technology is that it expedites the treatment process. While fabricating traditional restorations at an off-site dental lab may take several days or weeks, chair-side CAD restorations may be fitted within a few hours or in the same day.
Helps to make restorations look more natural.
As mentioned earlier, CAD restorations are primarily made from non-metal materials. Ceramic is the preferred choice of material for the restorations because it resembles the look of natural teeth. Hence, it eliminates the need to have a metallic look in the mouth. The best part is that ceramic not only looks like natural teeth, but also has material properties that are almost similar to those of natural teeth.
As you can see, CAD technology is providing important breakthroughs in the dentistry field. If you would like to try restorative dental treatment with this technology, feel free to ask your dentist about it.