The digital age has ushered in new ways to provide dental care. With computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM), dental professionals can precisely plan and create dental prosthetics and appliances. Overall, this technology raises the standards of care by making dental treatment customized to the patient. In practice, the more care is tailored to a patient’s needs, the higher the quality of treatments.
Our Victoria dental specialist, Dr. John Keyes, utilizes digital technology and an in-house lab to personalize dental care. With a CT scanner, computer design software, and 3-D printing, patients benefit from increased comfort during treatment and greater oral health afterward.
CT Scanning and Your Smile
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT or CT) uses X-rays to create a virtual map of the teeth, gums, and bone. This detailed view of the smile makes for precise planning of advanced procedures, like dental implant treatment for example. Prosthodontists can gather valuable insight into a patient’s oral health, even the structures that aren’t easily seen by the human eye. Once the doctors have enough data and information, they can begin the computer design process.
CAD/CAM Designs and 3-D Printing
CAD/CAM software can be used for different aspects of treatment. The computer shows the digitized map of a patient’s smile, which the doctors use to design surgical guides. These plastic appliances show the exact location and angle to place dental implants, reducing the risk of errors to a minimum. Additionally, doctors use the software to customize crowns, bridges, dentures, and any kind of dental appliance.
3-D printers take the computer schematics and make them a reality. The end-product is nearly perfect, as 3-D printers follow instructions precisely. The comfort and functionality of restorations that results from CAD/CAM are nearly unparalleled, helping patients achieve a better smile.
Visit 3D Printing and CAD/CAM: Improving Your Dental Care for Modern Dental Care
With an in-house lab securing the quality of our restorations and prosthetics, and the added precision of 3-D printed surgical guides and appliances, we offer fully-custom and quality treatments. Our Victoria dental practice serves the surrounding area with expert prosthodontic work to support healthy and beautiful smiles.
To schedule a consultation for implant treatment, contact us today!