CAD/CAM Dentistry. What does it mean? CAD/CAM stands for Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing. What does it do? Makes it possible for patients with a condition requiring treatment to have their tooth prepared and digitally scanned/imaged (as opposed to having a traditional impression taken), and have a final restoration seated on the same day.

Sugar Fix Dental Loft’s Dr. Brittany Dickinson implemented this technology at her Chicago office to make making crowns as efficient as can be. She cannot emphasize enough the real appeal of the CAD/CAM concept: It offers dental professionals and their patients the convenience of same-day dentistry. So simple!



Why choose CAD/CAM? Dr. Dickinson’s motivation for incorporating the technology at Sugar Fix Dental Loft’s Lakeview location was the realization that she could offer patients a decreased turn-around time for treatments and provide a service that dental practices were unable to offer previously. Dr. Dickinson can prep, scan, design, create and deliver a brand new crown without the need for temporaries. No more waiting for two weeks than having to come back in for your new tooth.


The procedure includes multiple steps, but yet takes up only two hours of your time. The area to be treated is numbed and Dr. Dickinson drills the tooth to shape it for the crown. She then uses a tiny camera to create a three-dimensional image of the drilled tooth. A computer program uses that to construct an image of what the tooth will look like with the crown in place. You can see your future tooth right in front of you on the computer screen – the very same tooth you will be wearing when you walk out the Sugar Fix door on North Paulina Street.


With CAD/CAM dentistry, a crown is placed in one day. One and done, that’s how we do! A typical visit lasts about two hours. What else is normally two hours long? Your average movie (minus the epic Titanic). Patients can sit down in their chairs, recline, get cozy with a cashmere blanket, pick a flick on Apple TV and veg out. Now doesn’t that sound lovely? Rest and relaxation meet going to the dentist. Who would have thought a clinical procedure could be so easy?


“We are literally making teeth to make people smile,” says Dr. Dickinson. As one of the few dental offices to provide CAD/CAM dentistry, Sugar Fix Dental Loft has established itself as a leader in its industry by always offering the newest, latest, and greatest state-of-the-art technology. In addition to crowns, such scientific knowledge can be applied to inlays, onlays, veneers, fixed partial dentures, implant abutments, and even full-mouth reconstruction.


What does it all mean? Basically? Using CAD/CAM technology, cosmetic dentist Dr. Brittany Dickinson can get you a made-to-order tooth in the time it takes to watch the latest chick flick, rom-com, or dramedy. Sugar Fix is the ultimate one-stop-shop dental practice. Contact us today for more information, or to book a reservation at our deluxe Chicago dental loft.