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Reported April 2016 Email a Friend

CAD CAM: Making New Teeth

LOS ANGELES. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- It’s the stuff of science fiction showing up in dental offices. Dentists and prosthodontists are using computers to make teeth, implants, and dentures.  It’s a process called computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, or CAD CAM.

Irene Hasal has been through the wringer with her teeth. She had many procedures to fix problems and finally got implants. Within a month, her teeth were breaking.

Then Mamaly Reshad, DDS, a prosthodontist at the Anacapa Dental Art Institute told her about CAD CAM. A computer scans the patient’s mouth to make a custom image of what’s needed.

Dr. Reshad told Ivanhoe, “We put it inside the computer like a cartoon, an avatar, and from there, we create a tooth, a virtual tooth. The virtual tooth becomes a real tooth through a manufacturing process.”

A computer-aided milling machine makes teeth out of a block of ceramic or composite resin.

Dr. Reshad used CAD CAM for Hasal’s whole procedure. It helped him to find the best placement for her implants, and to make a prosthesis.

Hasal’s case was complicated and took almost a year. But CAD CAM can do one to two teeth in a morning.

“Now because it’s going through this avatar, the computer, it can be done almost instantaneously; the same day. At least within 2 hours,” Dr. Reshad explained.

It brought a perfect smile to Hasal’s face.

Hasal told Ivanhoe, “I can do anything I want now. They fit great, they’re beautiful and my face is the proper shape. So I couldn’t be happier.”

The CAD CAM process takes much less time than a conventional procedure, which can take weeks. Dr. Reshad says on average, it costs about 30% less as well. It is not typically covered by insurance.

Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Supervising Producer; Wendy Chioji, Field Producer; Milvionne Chery, Assistant Producer; Bob Walko, Editor; Rusty Reed, Videographer.


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