Time-saving technology option for dentists
People want natural-looking, beautiful teeth in a shorter space of time, according to a new study.
The Millennium Research Group’s US Markets for Crown & Bridges 2008 report claims that to meet patients’ time-demands, cosmetic dentists are implementing computer-aided design (Cad) and computer-aided manufacturing (Cam) technology.
According to the report, the 3D images of teeth created by Cad/Cam systems can reduce manufacturing time and also improve the fit of crowns and bridges.
Combined with all-ceramic restorations which avoid the dark lines below the gum line that are typical of porcelain-metal treatments, patients are leaving the dentist chair with a more natural looking smile in a shorter time.
"People want their teeth to look great and they don’t want to wait for the results," claims Poonam Jassi, analyst for the research group. "Because Cad/Cam systems provide rapid customised crowns and bridges for each individual, patients will pay a premium forthem."
The American Dental Association has predicted that total spending on the dental industry will reach $146.9 billion (£71 billion) by 2014.
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