The term CAD/CAM dentistry is literally a shortening of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) aka "one-visit-crown," in dentistry. The CAD/CAM machine provides the dentist with dental crowns, which are milled from blocks of white composite resin or porcelain, matching the shade of the restored tooth. Once the treated tooth is shaped and prepared, an image is taken of this defected tooth. The image then provides the data for a computer and the software is used to create a porcelain or resin composite piece for the defect, essentially creating a virtual dental crown.
The CAD/CAM dentistry software then sends this virtual data to a milling chamber in the lab where the dental crown is carved out of a solid block of composite resin or porcelain. Our standard of quality, here at Kneib Dentistry, is the highly esthetic, high strength e.Max porcelain ceramic crown. The resultant dental crown can then be adjusted in the patients mouth and cured/bonded in place. Following acid etching of both the underside of the crown and the topside of the tooth itself (which increases surface area on both opposing surfaces), composite resin materials are then used to fuse the resultant crown to the tooth, completing the dental crown procedure.