The laws surrounding CAD/CAM systems in dentistry
As computer technology is improving and new ways of production are being discovered, it was only a matter of time someone connected software and hardware technologies and created a new fast, efficient, and automated process for production. CAD/CAM system was developed in the wake of the previous breakthrough.
A CAD (computer-aided design) and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) is a manufacturing process that is being used in various industries and companies. CAD is used to design products to the last detail and accuracy, then the CAM process is used to produce the design into a tangible product. CAD/CAM is being used by various industries and there are many products and software that aid the users in designing and developing the product.
In the last few years, the process of using CAD and CAM has gained a lot of popularity, and the dentist industry is starting to implement this technology into the process of implanting teeth and other necessary items into the client’s mouth. It is Turing out to be a quick and precise method for creating teeth and other implants to be used in their clients.
How Does It Work?
The process of teeth implant has not changed at all, but the production of those teeth and implants have drastically changed using CAD and CAM. The patient is first scanned using digital devices and design of the implant is created, then the designs are sent to a digital CNC that makes the required part and the dentist implants them as they used to before. The new process has turned the process of implants easy efficient and fast. The new process has turned out to be so fast that, using this technology a dentist can install an implant in a single day, as opposed to multiple days.
The Law and Legality of This Process
Since this is a relatively new process that has been introduced into dentistry, there is a lack of rules, regulations, and laws that are needed to be implemented according to the health and safety of the patients. There is a potential problem regarding machinery as there are multiple companies that provide equipment for 2D and 3D imaging technology as well as different machines for production.
Laws must be established, and each machine and imaging technology must be kept in check to maintain the level of safety, as it is essential for the health of the client.
The machines that are used to create these implants and teeth are capable of creating the implant from almost every material possible, and it can be a potential health risk if a non-suitable material is used to make the implant. A list of medically legal materials should be created and there needs to be check and balance into the manufacturing process so that nobody tries to have an implant that is either illegal or harmful to the user. Significant amount testing, legalization, law-making need to take place so that the process of using CAD and CAM can be made absolutely safe for every client.