In this video, Lee Culp speaks about how CAD/CAM is leading to more accurate restorations, the best systems for digital file transfer, and the comparison of traditional and digital.
Interviewer: How is CAD/CAM Technology leading to less remakes, faster turnaround times, and more accurate restorations?
Lee Culp: CAD/CAM Technology today in the dental laboratory is offering us quality turnaround time and efficiency that we’ve never seen before. Quality because machines are actually making the restorations. We don’t have changes in our technique, in our process. It’s done the same way every time. Quality and predictability because we use the same tooth libraries, it’s easier to train technicians but the main key is the predictability. So we have higher quality because of the machines. But the predictability of the restorations and the speed at which we can create them is overriding almost everything we can do. Once they come out of the machine and we’ve got that quality and efficiency we can always add any level of artistry that we want to create the restorations that are needed.
Interviewer: What type of system best facilitates digital file transfer between the dentist and laboratory?
Lee Culp: Digital file transfer between the dentist and the laboratory can happen on several different levels. So when we think about digital, we think about CAD/CAM and actually making a restoration. That’s not the only process. So digital starts at the beginning with diagnosis treatment planning. It goes from there to the digital RX which DDEX fills a very nice void in that area. Then with open architecture different dentists can use different technologies to send me digital files and then I can take those files and send them to any array of machines or designs software I want to to create any type of restoration. So we’ve got an overwhelming array of options to be able to produce restorations today.
Interviewer: With regard to quality – is a digital restoration comparable to a traditional restoration?
Lee Culp: So one of the things that have been questioned since CAD/CAM started and I’ve been involved in digital industry and CAD/CAMs since its inception. And one of the things we hear a lot is that you can not get the same type of quality from a digital or CAD/CAM restoration than one made by hand. And I’m here to tell you it’s absolutely not true. Maybe in the beginning as we were learning, as the systems were evolving both the design, the scanning and the milling technology but today I can look anybody in the eye and tell them, I can make a digital restoration with the same quality and artistic aspects that we can by hand. I can do anything from a simple restoration to the most complex and also achieve any level of artistic aesthetics that I want to. So it absolutely enhances the quality but does not take away.
Speaker: Lee Culp, CDT