The importance of CAD/CAM technology in the dental industry

20/07/2022

Every day, new technologies are being developed that have the potential to change the world as we know it. In dental technology, one such technology is computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM). CAD/CAM technology is utilised in a variety of ways in dental technology, from creating restorations to aiding in treatment planning. In this blog, we will explore the importance of  CAD/CAM technology and the benefits you could gain from pursuing a postgraduate degree in MSc Digital Dental Technology at the University of Bolton. 

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Restorations  

CAD/CAM technology is commonly used to create dental restorations, such as crowns and bridges. The reason for this is that CAD/CAM restorations are more accurate than those made using traditional methods. They are also more durable and natural-looking. In addition, CAD/CAM restorations fit more snugly than traditional resting because they are made using digital scans of the teeth. This results in a more comfortable fit for the patient.  

Treatment planning  

Another way in which CAD/CAM technology is used in dental technology is for treatment planning purposes. Treatment planning is the process of developing a plan of action to address a patient's dental needs. Thanks to CAD/CAM technology, treatment plans can be created quickly and easily. In addition, CAD/CAM technology makes it easier to share treatment plans with other dental professionals, such as orthodontists or periodontists.  

Education  

Lastly, CAD/CAM technology is also being utilised in dental education. Dental schools are increasingly using simulations and VR to teach students about various aspects of dentistry, such as anatomy or procedure techniques. This allows students to get a realistic experience without putting patients at risk. It also enables students to learn at their own pace and retake simulations until they have mastered the content. 

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Why study MSc Digital Dental Technology at Bolton University 
 
As you can see, there are many reasons why CAD/CAM technology is so important in dental technology. If you are thinking about pursuing a career in this field, then studying MSc Digital Dental Technology at the University of Bolton is a great way to get started! We offer a course that is approved by the General Dental Council (GDC), so it is designed to help you stay up to date with the latest advances in dental technology. 

Not only do we stand out by being one of four UK universities to offer a dental technology degree, but we also go one step further with our postgraduate degree; allowing our students to gain the vital skills they need to succeed in a demanding and competitive industry. By studying in our £4.8 million Centre for Dental Sciences, the course is designed to meet the dental industry’s need for professionals who are skilled in advanced dental technology manufacturing techniques. That’s why our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with purpose-built dental laboratories, dental processing rooms, and a commercially sponsored digital dental laboratory. Our MSc Digital Dental Technology course is ideal if you are a dental technician or clinical professional looking to take the knowledge of dental technology that you already have to the next level. 

Want to find out more? Click here to view our full course details.  

You can even visit us by booking on one of our Open Days and see for yourself why our teaching-intensive, research-informed approach to providing our students with the best possible education could be the right choice to help you enhance your career prospects. 

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