CAD/CAM Dentistry: Exploring Its Functions and Processes

CAD/CAM Dentistry: Exploring Its Functions and Processes

Computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) are two of the best innovations in the manufacturing industry. CAD allows users to create detailed and scaled 3D models with the help of software, which can be manufactured with precise accuracy using CAM.

Originally, CAD/CAM was used to improve the efficiency and accuracy of manufacturing in the automotive industry in the early 1960s. Dentists began using this technology in 1985 for dental restorations and prosthetics. CAD/CAM dentistry allowed dental professionals to create tailored and accurate dental prosthetics more efficiently, resulting in the widespread adoption of this technology. In this blog, we will cover What is CAD/CAM Dentistry, how it works, what makes it different and more.

A] What Is CAD/CAM Dentistry?

CAD/CAM dentistry uses the latest design and manufacturing technologies to make dental procedures simpler, accurate, and efficient. The CAD/CAM technology allows for a simpler restoration process. Dentists can create various dental prosthetics from a single block of ceramic or any other dental restorative material.

The use of technology has also reduced the time for procedures, making dental visits convenient for patients. The use of CAD/CAM has eliminated time-consuming and labour-intensive processes like taking physical impressions of your mouth and manual moulding, benefiting both, the dentists and patients. This technology can be used for a wide range of treatments, including dental implants, dental crowns, veneers, dentures, inlay and bridges.

B] How Does CAD/CAM Technology Work In Dentistry?

Dental CAD/CAM uses the latest medical software and hardware to simplify dental procedures and make them more comfortable for the patient. Dentists use high-tech cameras to scan your mouth and teeth to create accurate 3D models of the patient’s teeth.

This eliminates the need for physical impressions, which take more time and are often uncomfortable for the patient. This 3D design of your mouth is then transferred to a 3D printer, which reads the data and creates identical prosthetics with the dental restoration material. The restoration process using CAD/CAM follows:

  • Preparation: The dentist prepares the procedure site by either shaping the teeth or removing the decaying teeth.
  • Scanning and designing: A high-tech digital camera is used to scan the patient’s mouth and teeth. CAD software will be used to create a detailed 3D model of the patient’s mouth and the restoration prosthetic.
  • Milling: A milling machine uses the images to create dental implants using any dental material, such as ceramic or porcelain. After the implant is ready, it is hardened using fire.
  • Restoration: The dentist then permanently implants the prosthetic in your mouth. They might also provide anaesthesia, depending on the procedure.

The dental procedures take somewhere between forty-five minutes to two hours. Traditional methods usually require the patients to pay multiple visits to the dentist’s office for diagnosis and treatment planning, taking impressions, and finally for restoration.

C] How Does CAD/CAM Dentistry Differ From Traditional Dental Restoration?

CAD/CAM dentistry takes advantage of advanced computer software and hardware, such as CAD software, high-tech cameras, and 3D printers. Due to the extensive assistance of technology in the treatment process, it is also known as digital dentistry.

As opposed to this, traditional dentistry is a labour-intensive and time-consuming process. Traditionally, the dentist has to manually take an impression of the restoration site, and then send it to a lab, where the impression is made into a cast. A technician then uses the cast to create the dental implants, which they send back to the dentist for the procedure. As you can notice, CAD/CAM dentistry has made orthodontic treatment very simple and efficient for the dentist as well as the patient.

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D] Advantages Of CAD/CAM In Dentistry

  • Reduced chair time: With CAD/CAM dentistry, dentists can complete procedures within two hours, which would generally take patients multiple visits to the dentist.
  • Accuracy: The computer software and cameras provide a high degree of accuracy, not offered by traditional methods.
  • Cost-effectiveness: The technology allows dentists to eliminate the cost of outsourcing. These reduce the cost for the dentist and the patient.
  • Comfortable: The highly accurate design and manufacturing process makes it possible to customise the prosthetics according to the patient’s anatomy. This makes the restoration more comfortable for the patient.
  • Durability: The prosthetics created using the CAD/CAM system are of higher quality, as compared to traditional dentistry. This helps the restorations to last longer without any damage.

E] Is CAD/CAM Dental Work Right For You?

A wide variety of dental procedures can be done effectively and efficiently with the help of CAD/CAM dentistry. CAD/CAM dental work is mostly used for restoration and cosmetic dentistry, such as veneers, crowns, and bridges.

However, CAD/CAM dentistry might not be the option for every type of procedure. While, CAD/CAM can offer easier, more accurate, and faster results, some dentists might prefer traditional methods. It is crucial to discuss with your dentist in Sunshine Coast to get treatment recommendations tailored to your needs.


CAD/CAM dentistry uses the latest dentistry technologies for designing and manufacturing dental prosthetics. The use of technology has improved the quality and comfort of dental procedures while reducing the time and price.

CAM/CAD dentistry, which is sometimes referred to as digital dentistry offers numerous benefits to dentists as well as patients when compared to traditional methods. If you are looking for CAD/CAM dentistry in the Sunshine Coast for comfortable and efficient dental care, contact us today!


How much does dental CAD/CAM cost?

The cost of the treatment can vary depending on the type of procedure. CAD/CAM dentistry it is just more convenient and faster way to do things, with little to no difference in price from standard procedures.

Is the CAD/CAM system better than traditional restorative dentistry?

CAD/CAM offers a more accurate, tailored and comfortable treatment for dental procedures, such as crowns, veneers, and dentures. Dentists using CAD/CAM technology can complete procedures within a couple of hours, while traditional methods can take multiple visits to the dentist.

What are the cons of CAD/CAM dentistry?

Due to the initial high cost of CAD/CAM equipment, many dentists do not offer this method of dental treatment; as a result, they are not as widely available. The quality of the treatment may also depend on the dentist’s proficiency with the technology.

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Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi - Dentist at Oris Dental

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.


Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi

Dr. Adarsh Pisharodi, serving as the principal dentist at Oris Dental, brings a wealth of expertise spanning over 26 years to his esteemed practice. Specializing in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and orthodontics, he takes immense pride in rejuvenating countless smiles and instilling confidence in Sunshine Coast residents. As an esteemed member of the Australian Dental Association and esteemed dental societies, he remains steadfast in delivering exceptional care to his patients.

Adarsh (Principal Dentist)


Adarsh (A-Dash) is the principal dentist at Oris Dental. Adarsh graduated as a dentist in 1996 from the University of Mumbai (Bombay, India). He entered private practice as an assistant dentist in one of the leading practices in Mumbai from 1996-2002. The practice offered all aspects of dentistry with the exception of Orthodontics. This prompted Adarsh to pursue a post graduate degree in Orthodontics and successfully completed the 3 year Full time the master’s program from University of Mumbai (Bombay, India) in 2005. Since then, Adarsh has been in private practice both as a general dentist and an orthodontist. He also served as teaching faculty at University in Mumbai for 3 yrs and when in India, he has been ‘the dentist’ to many dentists!! In 2008, Adarsh took the Australian Dental Council exam for direct recognition of his skill in Australia. He successfully completed the exams in the first attempt and moved to Australia early 2009. He has been in private practice in Australia since Jan 2009. Oris Dental was set up in Minyama in 2011. Oris Dental is now over 8 years old and is growing to be a well-respected practice in the area. He is particularly interested in Cosmetic dentistry Dental implants and Orthodontics. Adarsh hopes to use all the experience he has gained in the past 22 years, to offer the best in dentistry to all his patients in this practice. Adarsh believes in spreading smiles and has successfully designed smiles and in doing so improved the lives and self-confidence of many Sunshine Coast locals (Take a look at our Smile gallery!). Adarsh is an active member of the Australian Dental Association since 2009 He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics in Mumbai University before moving to Australia. He is a Life member of the Indian Dental Association, serving as the General Secretary of the Association (Mumbai City Chapter) 2007-2009 He is Life member of the Indian Orthodontic Society. He is Candidate for Membership Examination MRACDS (Ortho) and plans to complete his membership exams soon. Adarsh is also currently pursuing his Diploma in Implant dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons(Edinburgh). Adarsh has recently complete intensive training in implant placement and restoration in Neoss and TRI (Swiss) Implant system. He is married to Prachi for 15yrs and they have a 11 yr old son – Aarjav, a little daughter Aria who has just started prep and Daisy the mad Lab pup! He is currently learning to play Tennis and Badminton and loves watching the cricket!

Prachi (Owner/ Dentist)


Prachi is the director, part time dentist at Oris Dental. Prachi graduated in 2002 from Nair hospital dental college, Mumbai (Bombay, India), one of the leading dental schools in Asia. She then worked in multiple private practices across Mumbai (Bombay, India). While working as a dentist in various practices she picked up the positives from them and implemented them into this practice at Oris Dental. She is very friendly by nature and is particularly good at handling children, preventive dentistry and hygiene. Prachi moved to Australia in 2009. Prachi has there on completed her Australian Dental council exams successfully in early 2011 and is now ready to bring in her 12 years of experience to Oris Dental. Prachi also serves as a part time dentist at the Oral Health Services Sunshine Coast in Caloundra Kawana and Nambour as needed.

Davina (Dentist)


Davina has been a part of our family since 2014. After completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of Queensland, Davina has been in private practice in an around the Sunshine coast for a year before joining us full time. Davina shows exemplary skills in building a great relationship and rapport with her patients and is well regarded by her peers. Davina is very highly regarded by her current patients. Davina currently works 3 days a week.

Lise Slack (Dental Hygienist)

Lise Stack

Our dental hygienist Lise Slack is a trained member of the dental team who works together with your dentist in preventing gum diseases and dental decay.

Lise joined OrisDental in 2015 and has worked extensively in private specialist practices. She graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1982 and has had specific training and exposure to an extensive range of periodontal conditions and treatment modalities.

Lise’s dad was a professor in dentistry and this is where her love of teeth comes from. She has invented two specialist oral care products which are available in Australia and several international countries. Lise has also lectured at international dental conferences on the maintenance of dental implants and how to help patients care for their teeth once they have contracted periodontitis.

Both adults and children can benefit from having an appointment with a dental hygienist as they are taught how dental diseases occur and how it can be prevented or managed.

Lise is married to Sam and they have two daughters. They value their family time and love adventurous outdoor sports.

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jesse (Dental Assistant)

Jess has been a part of Oris Dental from the outset in 2011. Always cheerful and welcoming Jess is the star amongst our patients at our practice. If you cannot find Jess in the practice she will be at the beach!


Kaela (Receptionist)

Debra (Receptionist)

Kaela arrived at our practice in early 2021. Coming from eight years of retail experience in Northern NSW, she loves working with people and assisting in any way she can. Kaela has also just finished her training as a dental assistant. You will immediately fall in love with her happy, bubbly personality.

Abby (Sr. Dental Assistant)

Abby (Dental Assistant)

Abby is originally from Hervey Bay, but she has been calling the Sunshine Coast home with her husband and two kids for the past four and a half years. Abby completed her cert III in dental assisting in 2015 and is looking to further her studies In the near future. Abby enjoys camping, playing guitar, and travelling
the world with her family.

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    Dr. Param Dass

    Dr. Param Dass

    Param Dass graduated with a Bachelor in Dentistry from the University of Otago, NZ in 2005. He went on to complete his Bachelor in Medicine from the University of Auckland NZ in 2010.

    Param started working part time in our practice since 2015 with special interest in surgical procedures including Dental implants and bone grafting procedures, Surgical extractions including Wisdom teeth and other minor surgical procedures.

    Param is well known for being gentle and caring in treating patients with dental anxiety and maintains a calm demeanour.

    He is also well trained in working with patients with various levels of anxiety, offering dental treatment under Happy Gas, Twilight sedation or under Full general anaesthetic.

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Dr. Brayden Fracchia

    Brayden hails from North Queensland, having completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU Cairns, practicing in Hobart and outreach dentistry from Mount Isa over the course of his studies. He has worked with us since 2020. Brayden enjoys becoming a part of a community and enjoys the outdoors and sport in his spare
    time. Having only recently moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Brayden is enthusiastic and well versed in all aspects of basic general dentistry and looks forward to bringing North Queensland hospitality to the South East.



    Briar stated off as a trainee dental assistant in our practice mid-2020. She is the youngest member of our practice and is rapidly becoming an integral part of team Oris. Briar completed her Certificate 3 in our practice in 2021 and works full time Dental assistant at Oris Dental.



    Drew is Oris Dental’ newest member, who has only recently moved from his hometown of Rockhampton. He is our Oral Health Therapist, who specializes in oral health education, general check-ups, fillings and more!
    He loves a good chat and a laugh at work. He prioritizes patient’s comfort and likes to encourage an environment where everyone feels a sense of security and safety in the dental setting. When Drew isn’t at work you’ll find him having a refreshing swim at the beach or having his usual dirty chai at his local cafe.



    Jasmine joined our practice in November 2021 and works with our Oral Health Therapist Drew. Jasmine is new to dental assistance, however is quickly taking on any and all challenges that come her way! She loves animals, and spending quality time with her husband and two kids. Welcome to the team!



    Brooke is originally from Brisbane but has been living on the coast since 2017. She brings over 15 years of experience in the dental industry and has had the opportunity to work in London and Melbourne for the Royal Flying Doctors. Brooke enjoys surfing, scuba diving and exploring the many things that the Sunny Coast has to offer.

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