PLANMECA CAD CAM technology has revolutionized dental procedures! Traditionally, if crowns, onlays, inlays or dental veneers were required to restore damaged teeth, multiple procedures and a great deal of waiting time in-between would be inevitable. PLANMECA creates these ceramic restorations within minutes in the dental office. This means that many treatments can be completed in just a single visit.
PLANMECA is comprised of several computer-assisted design (CAD) tools and a milling machine that creates custom ceramic restorative devices. PLANMECA can benefit almost anyone needing a ceramic restoration. This is of great benefit to nervous patients, and it can also reduce the cost of treatment.
How can PLANMECA® benefit me?
PLANMECA can benefit almost anyone needing a ceramic restoration. Exceptions include patients who have a prior history of breaking ceramic devices and those with a deep bite. PLANMECA devices are proven to last for over 5 years, but recent research indicates that most PLANMECA created restorations last for more than 10 years.
Additional advantages associated with PLANMECA include:
- No temporary restorations
- High-quality ceramic products
- Less injections and discomfort
- More natural tooth is saved
- Long lasting restorations
What is the PLANMECA system comprised of?
The PLANMECA System is sometimes called a CAD-CAM system. CAD-CAM means Computer Assisted Design and Computer Assisted Milling. The PLANMECA system has three major components:
Acquisition device: This device is home to a high-quality camera and a medical grade computer. The function of this unit is to photograph the prepared tooth. Three-dimensional images are created of the tooth on the screen, which the dentist uses to design the perfect ceramic restoration.
Three-dimensional CAD software: This software allows the dentist to examine the tooth from every angle. It is the closest possible thing to holding the tooth in the hands and rotating it.
Milling device: This unit actually manufactures the custom restoration from the specifications entered into the computer. A ceramic block that best resembles the existing tooth color is chosen and placed into the unit. Within minutes, the milling device produces the restoration the dentist designed.
What does a PLANMECA restoration procedure involve?
The first step in the procedure is preparing the tooth for the restoration. Depending on your particular case, the dentist will take photos of your affected teeth using PLANMECA imaging solutions. PLANMECA PLANSCAN will allow the dentist to take several images of the tooth, sending a three-dimensional model. These images are transposed onto the computer screen, where the dentist will view the tooth from every angle and design the final restoration. When the design is complete, it will be transmitted to the milling unit.
The dentist will insert a block of ceramic, matching your tooth color, into the milling machine which will then create the full crown, onlay, inlay, or veneer. Before affixing the restoration to the tooth, the dentist will perform a dry fit to ensure comfort. Once a perfect fit is established, the restoration will be polished and affixed to the tooth with dental cement.
If you have questions about PLANMECA or would like to obtain more information on this innovative technology, please contact our office.