We utilize a CEREC computerized CAD/CAM unit that mills our own crowns in our office. We are the only dental office in town that offers this service. This means we can offer one appointment crowns!
CAD/CAM technology has been used in manufacturing for many years. CAD/CAM is an acronym that means computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing. Today, CAD/CAM technology is used in dentistry to help dentists and dental lab technicians fabricate precise shapes and sizes for dental restorations, including crowns, dental implant crowns, and bridges.
Dentists use CAD/CAM technology to provide their patients with durable, well-fitted single and multiple tooth restorations in a more efficient manner than traditional lab-fabricated restorations. Another advantage of CAD/CAM technology is that it can allow a typical two-visit tooth restoration to be accomplished in one visit. In some cases, this means a tooth restoration can be prepared and completed all in one day.
Dentists use CAD/CAM technology to design the anatomical features, size and shape of a tooth restoration on a computer. The CAD/CAM computer screen displays a 3-D custom image of your teeth and gums, allowing your dentist to draw the precise design of the tooth restoration. The CAD/CAM machine fabricates the restoration through a milling machine that crafts the tooth-like ceramic material into a precise replica of the drawing.
One of the advantages of CAD/CAM technology is that, provided the CAD/CAM equipment is located in the dental office, your dentist does not need to create a molded impression of your teeth. Secondly, is no need for a temporary restoration or a return visit to the office for a permanent restoration.
Previously, it has been difficult to offer high levels of tooth restoration strength without using metals, such as titanium or gold restorations. However, today’s porcelain ceramics work very well in the milling machine, providing strength, durability, and a high esthetic value. Furthermore, today’s materials such as zirconium may be more “fracture-resistant” than those of the past. Although CAD/CAM is an exciting technology, it is not necessarily applicable to all procedures requiring porcelain.
Be aware that not all dentists have experience with CAD/CAM technology. In fact, some dentists may find it difficult to imagine why a wax molded impression that fills every tooth crevice should be replaced by CAD/CAM technology.
Along with this, we offer immediate dental implants with same day dental extractions to help the patients with quicker healing time and final restoration/implant crown. This means that patients will have an implant and crown be totally finished in 4-6 months versus the traditional methods of implant/crown placements could take upwards of 12 months instead.
We also can offer immediate extraction and implant placement of front teeth (all done on the same day) so that the patient will have a "front tooth" sooner and not need to wear a "flipper partial" while things heal. This shortens the patient's healing time, (usually half) and helps to esthetically preserve and guide the interdental papillas and esthetic soft tissue for a much better final result. Dr. Wing also is the only dentist in town to offer the PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) technique which aids in the healing of the soft and hard tissues for a much better result.