Introduction to CAD/CAM in Restorative Dentistry
CAD/CAM and digital impression systems have been available for many years, but have recently become much more predictable. Chairside scanners can digitally send impressions to our lab or allow us to mill the restoration with a chairside milling unit. This course provides a systematic approach to learn about incorporating digital impression systems and CAD/CAM technology. We will discuss ideal tooth preparation for all CAD/CAM restorations, digital impression, virtually design, sintering and staining technique, and selecting the proper ceramic materials and luting agents. The focus of this program is to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of these digital technologies and how digital dentistry can be brought into our future practice.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Explain how preparation design affects the fabrication of milled restorations.
- Identify the materials available for chairside milled restorations.
- Describe the concepts and techniques of CAD/CAM technologies, including digital impression, virtual design, milling, sintering, and staining.
- Practice digital waxing skills to effectively implement the principles of dental anatomy and occlusion.
- Use and explain a decision-making process for choosing the appropriate luting agent for various CAD/CAM substrates.
- Determine workflows to implement CAD/CAM technologies into our practice.
Date last updated: 2017-10-19