Intraoral CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) technology is a significant advancement in dentistry that allows for the fabrication of dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and veneers, directly within the dental office or laboratory. This technology streamlines the process of creating custom dental prosthetics by integrating digital design and manufacturing capabilities.

Here are some key aspects of intraoral CAD/CAM technology:

1. Digital Impression Scanning: Intraoral scanners are used to capture precise 3D digital impressions of the patient’s teeth and oral structures. This eliminates the need for traditional putty impressions, providing a more comfortable experience for the patient.

2. Computer-Aided Design (CAD): Once the digital impressions are obtained, CAD software is used to create a virtual 3D model of the dental restoration. Dentists and dental technicians can customize the design to ensure proper fit, function, and aesthetics.

3. Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM): After the design is finalized, CAM software guides the milling or 3D printing process to produce the dental restoration from a block of ceramic, composite, or other suitable material. This is often done in-house, allowing for same-day restorations.

4. Same-Day Restorations: One of the key benefits of intraoral CAD/CAM technology is the ability to create and deliver dental restorations in a single visit, eliminating the need for temporary restorations and multiple appointments.

5. Precision and Customization: Intraoral CAD/CAM technology enables high precision and customization, as the restorations are designed and fabricated to exact specifications based on the patient’s individual oral anatomy.

6. Patient Involvement: Patients can be involved in the design process, as they can view the digital impressions and participate in the customization of their dental restorations, leading to increased patient satisfaction.

In summary, intraoral CAD/CAM technology has transformed the process of creating dental restorations by leveraging digital workflows, advanced software, and in-house manufacturing capabilities to provide efficient, precise, and customized solutions for patients.

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