Reasons You Should Get A CEREC Crown

Posted on: 24 May 2015

If you've been told you need a crown on your tooth, you may want to find a dentist who has the capability to make CEREC crowns. CEREC stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics. During this process, your dentist constructs your new crown in his office in one visit rather than sending impressions out to a lab. Here are some reasons you may want to get a CEREC crown.

Quicker Process

If you dread going to the dentist, you may like the idea of getting the procedure over with in a single day. When you get a traditional crown, the dentist puts in a temporary crown on the first visit. He or she makes an impression of your teeth and sends it to a dental lab where a technician creates the crown. You need a second visit a few weeks later to remove the temporary crown and put on the new one.

CEREC crowns are designed in the dentist's office using computer technology. The dentist has to invest in expensive imaging and computer equipment, and undergo special training to provide this type of dental work. Therefore, it isn't available in all dental offices. The dentist takes images of your teeth with a 3-D camera, rather than making impressions with a mold. A computer then analyzes the images and designs the new crown. The instructions are sent to a machine that mills a block of ceramic material into a custom shape for your mouth.

This process is easier to endure when you have a fear of dentists because it means you can eliminate the discomfort of taking an impression, as well as a second office visit that includes another injection and additional stress and worry.,


CEREC crowns are durable because they are milled from a solid block of ceramic or resin. There are no metal components like the more traditional crowns that have ceramic fused to metal. Since CEREC crowns are all one piece, they are durable and suitable for back teeth. Traditional crowns that fuse ceramics with metal or that fuse layers of porcelain on top of each other are susceptible to splitting and chipping. However, even though CEREC crowns are all once piece, you should avoid chewing on hard things such as ice or hard candy that could chip a normal tooth.


Since there is no metal underlying the ceramic, you don't have to worry about metal showing through the ceramic or showing at the base of your gums. CEREC crowns are available in various shades, and the color is carefully matched to your natural teeth so the crown looks as natural as possible. Your dentist can blend colors on the tooth by hand, so your crown mimics the changes in hues seen in a normal tooth. To achieve the best results, you need a dentist with experience and skill with the CEREC process.

If you're looking for a quick way to repair a decayed or broken tooth, then a CEREC crown could be the answer. Appearance and durability are just as good as other crown options, and you can get those results in less time, and with less stress too if you hate going to the dentist.