A new technique for generating a computer-aided design and computer-integrated machining crown: case report.

Academic Article


  • A new technique for producing a Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Integrated Machining Ceramic Reconstruction crown is presented. After completion of the tooth preparation, an "optical" impression of the tooth was made with a charged couple device camera, and the electronic image was transferred to a computer screen. The "proposed" crown was electronically designed on the screen by the operator, and a proper prefabricated ceramic block was selected and used as milling material. A miniature milling machine then fabricated the crown from the ceramic block. The marginal adaptation and the contour of the crown were verified, and an external shading technique was utilized to improve the esthetics. The prepared tooth and crown were acid-etched, and the crown was cemented with a dual-curing composite luting agent. Once bonded in place, the occlusion was adjusted and the crown polished and finished. The advantage of this technique is that it eliminates the traditional laboratory casting procedure and corresponding laboratory fee while utilizing materials with superior physical properties for maximum strength and esthetics.
  • Pubmed Id

  • 18656080
  • Author List

  • Chang YH; Liu PR; Essig ME
  • Start Page

  • 633
  • End Page

  • 638
  • Volume

  • 22
  • Issue

  • 4