How Technology is Changing Cosmetic Dentistry
This year is the year of the technical advancement. Elon Musk has been offered land in India to test out his Hyperloop, rockets can now be reused and the fastest iPhone ever is going to be available to the world. Progress is being made across ever sector and the cosmetic dentistry sector is no different. The mechanical tool used to rule the roost when it came to odonatological work but this has been upset by the rise of “Digital” dentistry. Digital dentistry refers to any dental technology or device that makes use of digital of computer-controlled components, in contrast to mechanical/electrical elements alone. Another common practice is to call digital dentistry CAD dentistry.
What is CAD Dentistry?
CAD (or CAM) is the practice of using Computer Aided Design (or Computer Aided Manufacturing) to assist with the process of dental reconstruction or restoration, specifically: dental crowns, dental implants, orthodontic braces and veneers. Although seen to be a very modern practice, it has in fact been around since the ’80s, though the technology has been significantly reduced in size and increased in capability since then. Since the turn of the millennium the technology for digital dentistry has really taken off, allowing for tooth restoration to be better tailored to the individual, look more natural and increasing the durability of any restoration done.