CAD/CAM is an acronym for computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing. Used for decades in the manufacturing industry to produce precision tools, parts and automobiles, CAD/CAM technology and metal-free materials are used by dentists and dental laboratories to provide patients with milled ceramic crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays and bridges. Dental CAD/CAM also is used to fabricate abutments for dental implants. The CAD/CAM computer displays a 3-D custom image of your prepared tooth or teeth obtained by digitally capturing the preparations with an optical scanner.

Alternatively, the 3-D images can be obtained by scanning a traditional model obtained from conventional impressions of the preparations. The dentist or laboratory technician then uses those 3-D images and CAD software to draw and design the final restoration

Today’s CAD/CAM restorations are better-fitting, more durable, and more natural looking (multi-colored and translucent, similar to natural teeth) than other types of restorations.