Inside Dentistry eBook

Interaction of CBCT, Intraoral Scanning, and CAD/CAM in Dentistry: An Overview

Robert Pauley, Jr., DMD

January 31, 2020

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  • Describe the use of intraoral scans and cone-beam computed tomography data to treatment plan and ultimately dynamically guide predictable implant placement. 
  • Explain how intraoral scan technology can reduce chairtime at acquisition and also at the seating appointment. 
  • Discuss common intraoral scanning mistakes that may disrupt the workflow between the dentist and the laboratory technician. 

Digital technology has advanced to streamline and improve the workflow for patients who are receiving implants. This article will focus on the use of a digital workflow to optimize surgical and prosthetic results.The article also emphasizes how clear and effective communication between dentist and technician remains a vital component of creating esthetically pleasing color in restorations.

A digital workflow for implant treatment protocols includes 3-dimensional cone-beam computed tomography, intraoral scanning, and CAD/CAM. This article will explain each of these technologies, discussing how they are used both individually and together to form a comprehensive, effective digital workflow.

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