Cortland Veneers and Implants

CAD/CAM Restorations (Video Available)

CAD/CAM stands for "computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing". This technology is used to custom design and fabricate tooth-colored restorations, crowns, onlays, inlays, or veneers, in just a single visit.
 
This technology has several benefits:
  • It is very accurate
  • Only a minimal amount of tooth preparation is required, which leaves more of the healthy tooth structure intact.
  • It typically only requires one visit, even when working on multiple teeth.
  • It uses tooth colored material to create the restorations, giving your smile a more natural look.
 
How is it done?
The first step of this procedure is to numb the area for your comfort. Sometimes, a rubber dam is used to help protect your mouth as we work. We then remove any decay and shape the tooth. Once the tooth is shaped, a reflective powder is applied to allow the equipment to determine the contours of the tooth. This is done by the used of a special optical infrared camera that records the exact dimensions of the tooth. Using this image and the specialized computer software, we are able to carefully design the restoration. Once the restoration is complete, we select the appropriate material to match the shade of your tooth. The material is then placed into the milling machine which shapes the custom-fitted restoration. We then try in the new restoration and add any cutsom color as needed. At this point it is ready to be bonded or cemented into place and the polished. Finally, we check your bite and make any adjustments necessary.