Digital Dentistry

Digital Dentistry

With the advancement of technology, digitalization has taken place in the dental health sector as in every industry, and many treatments have been facilitated with the help of digital tools. With these developments, terms such as "digital dentistry," "digital smile design," and "smile aesthetics," have entered our lives. In this context, we will try to answer questions such as what is digital dentistry and how it uses technology that incorporates recent popular applications. We wish you a pleasant reading.

Digital Dentistry

Digital dentistry is the next generation of dentistry that combines professional dentists' knowledge with modern computer technology to help patients who want to improve their oral and dental health or have a better smile design experience. This new generation of digital dentistry has developed rapidly with the introduction of CAM-CAD technologies.

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What is CAD-CAM technology used in digital dentistry?

CAM-CAD technology is the most common way of designing and producing both oral and dental health through a computer. The abbreviations stand for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM).

What are the treatments that can be performed with CAD-CAM technology?

With CAM-CAD technology, oral and dental health can be improved easily while aesthetic concerns can be relieved easily. In general, treatments where the digital dentists use CAM-CAD technology are as follows:

  • Digital Smile Design
  • Implant Treatment
  • Orthodontic Treatments
  • Dental Bridge Making
  • Inlay-onlay
  • Prosthesis Coatings
  • Fixed Prostheses

Of course, the treatment each patient needs varies. But with CAM-CAD technology, it is possible to meet virtually any need easily. What is important is to be treated by a prosthetic dentist who does his job professionally.

What are the advantages of using CAD-CAM technology?

Advantages of CAM-CAD treatment, which facilitates the treatment process using many oral and dental treatments, can be listed as follows:

  • It allows the visualization and examination of not only the outer but also the internal structure of the mouth and teeth.
  • It provides the sensitivity that traditional methods that can disturb the patient, such as wax modeling.
  • Maximizes customer satisfaction by providing a much more rigorous and reliable treatment and minimizing the margin of error.
  • Traditional methods allow some patients to develop problems such as nausea, grinding and inability to open their mouth sufficiently. However, with CAM-CAD technology, it is not possible for patients to experience these types of disorders.
  • Advanced CAD-CAM technology enables building the model needed by patients much faster, which shortens the treatment process. For example, treatment of smile design patients can be completed in one or two sessions. Of course, we should tell that this process differs from one patient to another.
  • Some of the materials that are difficult or impossible to produce with traditional methods are now available thanks to CAM-CAD technologies. For example, materials with zirconium and porcelain content offer a great aesthetically pleasing look and easily adapt to human biology.


CAM-CAD technology uses cameras that are small enough to display oral and dental structure. With these tiny cameras, 3D photos of the patient’s mouth and teeth are taken and transferred to the computer. These images are transferred to the computer and the needs of the mouth and teeth are determined. Then, the three-dimensional photos are sent to the micro milling cutter. And structures such as prostheses, coatings and bridges required by treatment are produced with this micro milling cutter.

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