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Conservative Preparation Guidelines for CAD/CAM Restorations

By Dhaval Patel, DDS – PDS®-supported owner dentist at Pleasant Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics in Roseville, CA


Dr. Dhaval Patel



The advent of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology has enabled clinicians to perform conservative dentistry more predictably. Rapid improvements in technology have spawned several computerized devices that can fabricate ceramic restorations within a matter of minutes. One such system, CEREC® CAD/CAM, is designed to be used chairside, eliminating the need for conventional impression taking, temporary restorations, and multiple appointments. Prior to the arrival of CAD/CAM, the most commonly performed indirect restoration was the full-coverage crown with total axial reduction. Using CAD/CAM to scan and design allows dentists to keep preparations within enamel and, as a result, achieve an ideal bonded restoration that is conservative as well as innovative.

This article originally appeared in Compendium by dentalaegis. Read the entire story here.

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