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Article: Volume 48 Number 8 Page 671 - September 2021

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CAD/CAM:  CADCAM in dentistry. Materials and methods: an overview for the dental team

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Abstract: CADCAM is still a relatively underused genre in UK dentistry. This article examines, in broad context, the range of technology and materials available in the UK. The nature of a digital workflow is outlined, with examples therein. Subtractive and additive manufacturing is discussed, along with manufacturing methods and materials. The perceived barriers to incorporating CADCAM, the actual benefits of digital dentistry to the dental team, and our patients, along with comments as to the future of digital dentistry in the UK are also discussed.

Clinical relevance: With the increasing interest in CADCAM in UK dentistry, an overview of emerging technology and materials is essential information for clinicians.

Author notes: Simon Fieldhouse, BSc (Hons), BDS, FDSRCS (England), Specialist in Oral Surgery, Practice Principal, The Dutch Barton, Bradford on Avon, UK. email:

Objective: The reader should gain an understanding of the uses and benefits of CADCAM in dentistry