Digital computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing, or CAD/CAM, is used in dentistry to create dental restorations including prostheses such as crowns, crown lays, veneers, bridges, implants, dentures, and others.Dental CAD/CAM involves a scanner (typically in the form of a wand) and specialized software.
Typically CAD/CAM dental restorations are based on a digital impression and are milled from solid blocks of ceramic or composite resin that match the restored tooth. Additionally, 3D printers can produce restoration pieces. The restoration is then adjusted in the patient's mouth and cemented or bonded in place.
Major manufacturers of digital CAD/CAM for dentistry include Cadent Itero and 3M.