CEREC 101

When a tooth is severely damaged, then a crown can be used as a “cap” over the remaining structure of the tooth. In the past, crown placement was a two-part experience. First, the dentist had to take an impression of the damaged tooth and send the information to a lab. Patients used a temporary crown while waiting for their customized crown to be completed in the lab. Then, a follow-up appointment was required to secure the new crown in place.

Now, technology makes it possible to complete this process without leaving the dental office. We use state-of-the-art technology to scan the tooth that needs to be crowned. Then, you can relax for a few minutes while the CEREC machine creates a custom-fit crown that is the perfect fit for your mouth.

Same-Day Crowns FAQ

What is CEREC technology?

CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.” This technology was designed to eliminate the need for the use of temporary crowns and multiple appointments. Digital imaging paired with an in-office mill creates a new crown in a single appointment – without needing to wait for a lab to design the crown. CEREC technology is convenient and stress-free since you don’t need to come back to the office to complete the treatment.

How long do CEREC crowns last?

These crowns are created using the same durable materials used for most lab crowns. The result: a strong dental restoration that will last for years. With regular oral health habits, a good dental crown can last for a decade or more. It’s worth the investment because of the longevity of this dental treatment.

Do CEREC crowns look natural?

Since every crown is custom-designed based on the unique needs of each patient, the crown blends in with your other teeth. The goal is to create a natural restoration to give you confidence in your smile. We use this technology to match the color, shape, and size so the finished result blends in with the neighboring teeth.

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