The dental industry’s world has been set on fire because of the latest dentistry advancements available such as 3D printing, 3D milling, extraoral scanning, intraoral scanning, digital dentistry, and CAD/CAM milling technology. They’re not just buzzwords, though. They’re real innovations that will take modern dentistry to the 21st Century.
If you’ve ever heard of 3D printing, computer-aided design (CAD), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), then you should already have a rough idea of what this service is all about. This latest cutting-edge technology allows dentists to print through a 3D printing a new crown instead of having to make a mold and send it to a lab.
Details Regarding CAD/CAM Milling Tech
A CAD/CAM milling dental laboratory (like the one found in the Thantakit Dental Center) enables well-equipped dentists to use a variety of new technologies such as CBT or intraoral cameras to scan your teeth directly and translate it into a 3D model on the computer that’s ready for printing in 3D in just a few hours or so rather than weeks or days.
- Accurate Scans: The digitized scan is accurate and can be sent to a 3D printing machine or milling device to carve out the right duplicate crown on a porcelain block. It could also print it from scratch altogether with the use of resin while the patient is in the waiting room.
- Faster, More Precise Operations: This tech has led to faster operations, and more precise crown synthesis. After only a little prep work, the printed crown is ready to fit into your mouth, allowing for the satisfied patient to head back to work immediately once the fitting is done.
- Shorter Waiting Time: This tech is useful for shortening dental implantation procedures, synthesis of dentures or veneers, and so forth. There’s no long waiting time when it comes to getting a custom-fit duplicate of the crown you wish to replace. This is all thanks to scanning technology advances and more powerful software. This process used to take two weeks; now it takes two hours or less.
- Dentists Can Now Handle Their Own Manufacturing Needs: Instead of depending on a craftsman and a separate specialized dental lab to create custom-fit crowns, dentures, and veneers, they can have a 3D printer and computer software in their own clinic instead, allowing them to take control of the means of production.
- All Sorts of Applications: You can use CAD/CAM milling dentistry to make dental crowns, dentures, porcelain veneers, bridges, braces, retainers, a chrome-cobalt disc with bridges and crowns, and so forth. Anything that can be digitally modeled on the computer can be in turn milled from solid blocks of composite resin or ceramic to match the basic structure and shade of the restored tooth or teeth.
The Future Is Now
According to purveyors of various digital dental technologies, the day has arrived when science fiction has become science fact. Although everyone agrees that the future is now, there are some who will feel ambivalent or fearful towards tomorrow. Some dental labs and surgery suppliers are afraid that they’ll go the way of the Dodo or the horse-drawn carriage.
The older and more established technicians worry that when this tech arrives, it’ll serve as the death knell of craftsman-based prosthetics and traditional dental business. On the other hand, this digital way of dental crown synthesis can herald a boom that could see more demand in dental services, especially in light of how much cheaper it is than standard dental restoration processes.
Thantakit International Dental Center is Thailand’s longest established dental center. Situated in Bangkok, our clinic is renowned across the world as a destination for world-class dentistry, with most of our patients flying to us from Australia.
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