The report basically involved tricking the digital system to mill a real molar into the shape of a crown restoration. The idea seemed pretty awesome, because what restoration material can be better than our own biological enamel?
The method does not seem particularly difficult, so that got me thinking:
Does our clinic use the same system (CEREC)? Check.
Do we have spare milling blocks lying around? Check.
Do we have too much free time? DoubleCheck.
Is there practical clinical application? Who cares.
All aboard the train of discovery!
Although the current clinical application of this procedure is questionable, in this experiment we have shown that it is technically feasible. Now, the big question is whether enamel is, in fact, the better restorative solution to ceramics. If this is true, then there is no doubt in my mind that newer and revised iterations of this method will become viable in the future.