CAD-CAM refers to technology for creating computer designed and fabricated crowns, onlays and veneers. At our office, we use this technology to fabricate our crowns in–office. With this system, we have eliminated the need for impressions and temporaries. The impression is made digitally by the computer “reading” the tooth, and the actual crown is fabricated in office in a computerized mill in our laboratory and delivered to the patient in one visit. Our cad-cam system can also be used for crowns, onlays and porcelain veneers.
One of the most interesting developments regarding the CAD-CAM restorative system is the release of a study that shows the material used in making the crowns is very strong, biocompatible, and long-lasting. The crowns are milled in our office from blocks of lithium disilicate made by the manufacturer Ivoclar, under the name e.max. Ivoclar produces all of the blocks under strict manufacturing standards.