CAD/CAM TechnologyTired of waiting weeks for a crown?

If you need a crown or dental restoration, the dentists at the OHSU Faculty Dental practice may use the latest in CAD/CAM technology to make your crown right in our offices. In some cases, you may be able to go from start to finish in a single visit.

What is CAD/CAM?

CAD/CAM stands for Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing. In CAD/CAM, a product is designed on a computer and then sent to a machine to create the product.

Dental restorations, such as fillings or crowns, can be made using CAD/CAM technology.

How does a CAD/CAM machine make crowns?

Once your dentist has shaped the tooth for a crown, he or she will take a digital scan of your tooth. Then the dentist uses the computer to design a crown to fit your tooth properly, and sends that information to a machine that creates the crown. Crowns created by a CAD/CAM machine are usually made out of a ceramic, or other tooth-colored material.

What are the benefits of a crown from a CAD/CAM machine?

Traditionally, if you needed a crown, it would require two visits to the dentist. In your first visit, the dentist would take an impression or mold of your tooth and make a temporary crown for you. The impression would be sent away to a lab, which would make the crown. A couple of weeks later, you would return to the dentist to have the final crown put in.

However, if you have a crown made using CAD/CAM technology, the process - from shaping the tooth to receiving the final crown - may only take one visit.

During your visit to OHSU, you and your dentist will discuss your options and together determine what’s right for you.


When you come to OHSU Faculty Dental Practice for your dental needs, you are receiving care from dentists who have years of experience in the field and teach the next generation of dentists. At the OHSU School of Dentistry, we are actively researching the latest in dental technologies, including CAD/CAM.

How can I find out more?

If you need a crown and are wondering if you are a candidate for CAD/CAM technology, give us a call at 503 494-4316 for an exam. We’ll talk about your options for how best to restore your teeth so they look and feel great.