Diana Diaconu-Popa, Anca Vițalariu, Daniel Matei, Ana Matei, Monica Tatarciuc
In the digital design and manufacture of fixed dental prostheses it is mandatory to know the steps and the advantages of conventional prostheses, but, at the same time, is necessary to realize the benefits of modern technologies, in order to adapt the therapeutic solutions to the particularities of each clinical situation.
The CAD / CAM methods can be used in the direct, semi-direct and indirect technologies. Final prosthetic solutions involve the use of indirect methods, while direct and semi-direct methods are used to make temporary prostheses. This article aims to present the steps for fixed prostheses realization through digital technologies. Numerous advantages have been reported for traditional techniques, including high cost-effectiveness due to extremely wide range of applications and material versatility, maximum precision combined with easy handling, high flexibility and future security due to open CAD/CAM interfaces, and the possibility to process additional materials. An intelligent collaboration of conventional and digital procedures is possible and can lead to excellent results, more safely and more efficiently.