How are CAD/CAM Inlays and Onlays Made?

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Many patients are now seeking CAD/CAM inlays and onlays instead of conventional fillings. Requiring just one appointment, these newer restorations are made with a cutting-edge process and specialized equipment.

Preparation for CAD/CAM Inlays or Onlays

Whereas conventional inlays and onlays require bite impressions to be taken, the CAD/CAM process only calls for photos. These photos are taken from all angles by a special type of camera, which is inserted into the mouth. Next, the photos are sent automatically to a computer, where our dentist in San Francisco can review the design and make modifications as necessary.

CAD/CAM Milling Process

Finally, the computer-generated inlay or onlay designs are transferred to a milling machine located in our office. The chosen material, such as porcelain, is selected according to the required tint and placed in the machine. Guided by the design, the machine quickly and precisely grinds the material away to reveal a perfectly formed restoration.

From start to finish, CAD/CAM restoration production takes less than an hour. The result is a significant time savings for patients, and most are candidates for this option. You can schedule a consultation with our dentist to find out if this process will work for your needs.


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