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How does computer-assisted design/computer-assisted manufacture (CAD/CAM) technology benefit my dental health?

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“CAD” stands for computer-assisted design, and “CAM” for computer-assisted manufacture. They can mean fewer dental visits for procedures like crowns and bridges.

Usually when a patient needs a crown, a dentist makes a mold of the tooth and a temporary crown, then waits for a lab to make a permanent one. With CAD/CAM technology, the tooth is drilled to prepare it for the crown, and a picture is taken with a computer. This image is relayed to a machine that makes the crown in the office.

SOURCES:

Bader, J. , Oct. 1, 2004. Journal of the American Dental Association

Bader, J. , Nov. 1, 2006. Journal of the American Dental Association

Richard Price, DMD, dentist, Newton, Mass.; spokesperson, American Dental Association.

Hugh Flax, DDS, dentist, Atlanta; vice vice-president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Michael R. Sesemann, DDS, dentist, Omaha, Neb; president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Mickey Bernstein, DDS, dentist, Germantown, Tenn.; past president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

American Dental Association.

WebMD: "Dental X-Rays."

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Bader, J. , Oct. 1, 2004. Journal of the American Dental Association

Bader, J. , Nov. 1, 2006. Journal of the American Dental Association

Richard Price, DMD, dentist, Newton, Mass.; spokesperson, American Dental Association.

Hugh Flax, DDS, dentist, Atlanta; vice vice-president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Michael R. Sesemann, DDS, dentist, Omaha, Neb; president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Mickey Bernstein, DDS, dentist, Germantown, Tenn.; past president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

American Dental Association.

WebMD: "Dental X-Rays."

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 17, 2017

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