CAD/CAM technology is a field of dentistry using (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) to improve the design and creation of dental restorations, especially restorative dental prostheses. These products include crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays, multiple unit (bridges), implant abutments, dental implant supported restorations, dentures (removable or fixed), and orthodontic appliances. CAD/CAM technology allows the delivery of precisely fitting aesthetic and durable prostheses for the patient.
CAD/CAM complements earlier technologies used for these purposes by increasing speed of design, accuracy and convenience of production procedures. This advancement in dental technologies is making possible a variety of materials restorations and appliances that otherwise would not have been technically available within the laboratory.
Encouraging effects of this technology include reduced unit cost, making affordable restorations and appliances that would have previously been monetarily inaccessible to the patient.