From James Son: “This past weekend, I had to the opportunity to spend a Saturday working with a CEREC CAD/CAM machine thanks to PDS and ASDA. I learned that one of the most common mistake in crown prepping before scanning is under reducing occlusally. This is due to the lack of thickness in the material when designing the crown. What’s awesome is that the software will show you where you are under reduced and makes it easier for you to correct the height! Scanning took less time than taking a PVS impression. Once finished, send the design to the wet milling machine and in about 7 minute, your crown will be completed! I’m excited to add the CEREC CAD/CAM machine into my tool box to use in future practice. “
From Jake Ericksen: “Our education at the University of Washington School of Dentistry is rather traditional - we take impressions, do wax-ups, and do not do any in-house milling. While I understand the importance of learning these skills, I also see the benefits of incorporating CAD/CAM technology into practice. It makes even more sense when you consider the fact that most dental students nowadays grew up with access to the internet most of their lives. The CEREC Bootcamp was a great opportunity to learn more about CAD/CAM technology. Over the course of the session we were taught all of the following: prep design, material choice, 3D scanning, 3D restoration design, milling, staining, and firing. Not only was the session informative, but it was also a lot of fun! Overall I am very pleased with my experience, and I look forward to using this technology in practice later down the road!”
About the Authors:
James (right) and Jake (left) are 2nd year students who are passionate about digital dentistry and advancing our field!