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What is a CEREC crown?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. The method utilizes CAD/CAM or computer-aided design/computer aided manufacturing to create a crown that perfectly fits your damaged tooth. Your dentist will use the CAD/CAM technology to take images of your teeth. The images are used to create a digital model of your teeth to fit the crown. The CEREC crown is completely designed, fabricated and bonded to your tooth in the office in the same visit.

The traditional vs. CEREC crown process

The traditional dental crown process typically requires more than one appointment. Traditional crowns can be made of a variety of materials such as all metal, all ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, zirconia or porcelain fused to zirconia. CEREC crowns only require one appointment. All CEREC crowns are made from ceramic and can be used for severely decayed, misshapen or broken teeth just like a traditional crown. Your dentist will still take x-rays of your teeth, and file your tooth the same way they would for a traditional crown. The CEREC crown is then milled from a ceramic block based on the CAD/CAM model, then perfectly shaded to match your natural teeth, and bonded to your tooth. All of this takes place in one appointment.

What are the benefits of CEREC crowns?

One of the most beneficial parts of a CEREC crown is that it looks and feels like a real tooth. The ceramic material is matched to your tooth’s color and the 3D imaging technology accurately fits the crown to your bite and gum line. Some traditional crowns are made from metal and you can often see them poking out of your tooth. The CEREC crown process is typically more comfortable for patients and easier to fit into your schedule with just one appointment. If you practice good oral hygiene, CEREC crowns have been proven to be just as durable and last between five and 15 years like a traditional crown.

Are CEREC crowns more expensive?

CEREC crowns cost the same as traditional crowns. CEREC crowns are covered by dental insurance, but the level will depend on your insurance plan benefits.

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