What Are CEREC Same-Day Crowns?

Close-up of a crown being fitted to a prepared tooth

You may have heard of CEREC crowns and wondered what exactly they are. It’s a common question, and we’ll explain what it is, how it works, and how you can benefit from this high-tech dental tool.

A CEREC crown is a dental crown created using modern dental technology.

With CEREC, your new custom crown will be made in only one appointment using computer design and milling or CAD/CAM.

This state-of-the-art digital mapping technology maps the interior of your mouth and creates a digital image of your tooth.

CEREC technology uses a dental ceramic material that is tooth-colored and can be matched to the color of the surrounding teeth.

The best part;

This technology allows dentists to complete the entire process—from diagnosis to finished product—in one day.

There is no need for multiple visits, putty impressions, temporary crowns, or waiting weeks for the final result.

CEREC crowns can be prepared for, designed, and fitted in a single appointment.

So, let’s find out some more details about CEREC same-day crowns.

What makes CEREC crowns so good?

There are several reasons, from the convenience of a single appointment to the quality of the material used.

  • Very Durable
  • Single visit procedure
  • Long-lasting
  • Doesn’t decay
  • Stain resistant
  • Looks Natural (to match the original)
  • Metal-free
  • Suitable for front and back teeth
  • Improved technology

In contrast, the tried and tested original crown procedure often includes two or three visits over a few weeks.

Your dentist has to complete the preparation work, and the prosthetic crown is prepared in a laboratory.

This process also requires a temporary crown to be worn.

While traditional crowns work well, they also take a while to complete. And we all know how frustrating it is to wait for something.

Now there is a way to avoid going back and forth for multiple appointments, thanks to CEREC’s same-day crown technology.

How long do CEREC crowns last?

CEREC same-day crowns last 10 to 15 years and can last up to 30 years with correct care and attention.

Six steps to a same-day crown

The same-day crown process reduces the time required for fitting a crown into a single dental appointment.

Here is what you can expect when you visit Croasdaile Dental Arts for our same-day crowns.

The exam and screening

The exam allows for a thorough diagnosis and patient screening.

While a small cavity may be suitable for filling with dental bonding, crowns may only become a necessity in cases of structural damage.

The important thing is a complete patient review, including previous dental treatments and current oral and overall health is done.

Treatment and preparation

Depending on the tooth’s condition or oral health, we will remove any infected, weak, or damaged dental tissue.

Next is the preparation of the tooth. For this, we remove a layer of enamel to make room for the crown. Removing the enamel also roughens the tooth’s surface, providing a better bonding surface for the crown.

Intraoral scanning

Your dentist will create a digital image of your mouth, capturing the unique shape of the prepared tooth. This is all connected to a computer with CEREC design software, which then processes the intraoral scans and feeds them into the modeling module of the CEREC milling machine.

Modeling and design

The CEREC milling machine will use the scans to create a 3D model. The dentist will design a crown that fits perfectly over the prepared tooth.

A major advantage of same-day crowns is that you can preview what your teeth will look like after the process. You can request adjustments, which can be incorporated into the design.

The making of a smile

The final design is sent to the milling machine after making any adjustments. Like a 3D printer, the milling unit will use the design to carve a crown out of a suitable ceramic block.


Lastly, your dentist will use dental adhesive/cement to bond your new crown to the tooth. Your new smile is ready to go!

Final thoughts

CEREC crowns are a modern and efficient option for restoring damaged or decayed teeth.

They provide same-day treatment, minimal tooth preparation, and natural-looking results.

CEREC same-day crowns can last several decades if they are taken care of.

Our team can answer any questions, guide you through the process, help you make a decision, and improve your oral health.

Contact us today to take advantage of our same-day CEREC crown system.

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Croasdaile Dental Arts happily serves patients in Durham, Raleigh, Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, Mebane, and Timberlake.