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Carestream CAD/CAM is an advanced dental technology that is utilized for the restoration of decayed, cracked, or chipped teeth. CAD/CAM can create full crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. The Carestream machine crafts a restoration in a matter of minutes. Carestream restorations are made of compressed e-Max porcelain. It is for this reason that they are stronger than laboratory restorations, which are layered porcelain. The most beneficial feature of receiving a CAD/CAM restoration is that it is accomplished in one visit. In addition to the benefit of a one visit restoration, there is no uncomfortable impression material to bite on or temporary to wear.
The procedure for placement of a Carestream restoration is very simple. The first step is to remove all decay from the tooth. The doctor will then shape the tooth in preparation to take a digital picture. Once this image is captured, the tooth will appear on a computer screen in 3D. This will allow the doctor to design the restoration right in front of you. Once the design is completed, the Carestream machine will mill the restoration. This step takes approximately 25 minutes. You can actually watch this process if you would like. When the restoration is finished milling, the doctor will place the restoration. The entire process should take about 2 hours.