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International Journal of Computerized Dentistry

Year 2004
Volume 7 , Issue 1

Pages: 25 - 46

Status of Current CAD/CAM Technology in Dental Medicine

Joachim Tinschert/G. Natt/S. Hassenpflug/H. Spiekermann

This article provides an overview of the status of current CAD/CAM technology and possible development trends. In addition to a description of the different CAD/CAM components required for producing computer-assisted dental restorations, innovative design methods recently introduced into dental technology are also mentioned. In the description of the practical application of the current CAD/CAM systems, the possibilities and limits of the present-day techniques and future outlook are illustrated. In this context, the current range of materials available for the computer-assisted production of biocompatible and at the same time high-quality dental restorations is also discussed. In conclusion, the different economic concepts coming into consideration in view of the high investment costs of the current CAD/CAM systems are presented and discussed.


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