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An Update on CAD/CAM Dentistry

Categories: CAD-CAM

Author(s): G. Shull

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists from novice to advanced


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Educational Objectives

The overall goal of this article is to provide the reader with information on the delivery of indirect restorations using CAD/CAM dentistry. On completing this article, the reader will be able to:

1. Describe the types of procedures that can be performed using CAD/CAM systems;

2. Review the considerations and features available when selecting a CAD/CAM system;

3. List and describe the properties and benefits achieved with laboratory fabricated CAD/CAM restorations versus chairside milling; and

4. Outline the sequence of steps when providing a CAD/CAM laboratory fabricated indirect restoration.


CAD/CAM dentistry was a transformational change for dentistry. It is now possible to accurately scan and fabricate restorations, models, abutments, bars, prostheses and diagnostic wax-ups, as well as to use CAD/CAM for implant and orthodontic planning. Within the restorative dentistry discipline, in-office options for indirect restorations include traditional impressions, CAD scanning for traditional or CAM restoration fabrication, or CAD/CAM with chairside milling. The accuracy, versatility and reliability of CAD/ CAM systems as well as their ease-of-use, portability and cost are all considerations. In addition, different types of scanners have different attributes as do the programs supporting digital impressions and CAD/CAM. CAD/CAM has been proven to offer esthetic and durable solutions in esthetic dentistry.


COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from 3Shape.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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