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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 60-64

Computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing in dentistry – Future is present

Department of Prosthodontics, AJ Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Vidya K Shenoy
Department of Prosthodontics, AJ Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5194.173229

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Computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) restorations have developed at rapid pace since their introduction offering accuracy and more options. The paradigm shift from traditional techniques to CAD/CAM technology has brought about a revolutionary change in the way the restorations are fabricated. Impression techniques, burnout oven, and casting machines have been replaced by model scanning and CAD/CAM milling machines. Keyboards, monitors, and cursors have replaced Bunsen burners, wax, and carving instrument to fabricate crown and bridge prosthesis. CAD/CAM technology offers automated production, patient comfort, esthetically pleasing and strong restorations and cost-effectiveness to laboratories. CLINICAL RELEVANCE TO INTERDISCIPLINARY DENTISTRY
  • Computer-aided design/computer.aided manufacturing technology is now a viable, predictable, and efficient alternative to traditional methods for fabrication of dental restorations
  • It has innumerable clinical applications including fabrication of indirect restorations, occlusal splints, implant prosthodontics, maxillofacial prosthodontics, and orthodontics.

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