What’s the Difference Between Cerec Crowns and Traditional Crowns?

What’s the Difference Between Cerec Crowns and Traditional Crowns?

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Technology in dentistry is rapidly evolving each and every day. This comes with many advantages because we love to learn about new ways to enhance the health and appearance of our patients’ teeth. We understand our patients want to have healthy teeth while also having beautiful teeth. Silver and gold covering your teeth and dark fillings are distracting from the beauty of your smile, so we pride ourselves on cosmetically-appealing alternatives to these daunting dental procedures. 

Cerec Restoration

The phrase Cerec comes from the combination of the two words “ceramic” and “reconstruction.” Some people also refer to these crowns as “chair side crowns.” This term stems from the fact that Cerec crowns are able to be applied in one single appointment – no temporary crowns needed! No impressions of your tooth are necessary because Cerec restoration uses a tiny camera to retrieve information on your teeth, such as size and shape. Once this camera has retrieved all of the dimensions it needs, a machine is able to carve out the crown specific to your tooth. Then, your dentist simply cements it onto your tooth with minimal adjusting. Another bonus to Cerec restoration is that crowns can be made in many different shades to accurately match your tooth color. It would essentially be unnoticeable when you smile! 

Traditional Crowns

The traditional way of applying crowns is still used today, but some actually think this method might not be practiced in the future. Typically, when receiving a crown the traditional way, impressions are taken and a temporary crown is applied. This is a multi-appointment process as the development of the crown takes much longer when using impressions instead of the technology that accompanies Cerec crowns. There are two main types of crowns used, porcelain or ceramic, which are similar to the color of the tooth, and a metal crown which would either be gold or silver. 

Cerec restoration saves you a lot of time. It can also save you money since your dentist can get the entire job done in one appointment rather than two or more. The process of receiving a Cerec crown is much more pleasant due to the limited amount of adjusting and not having to receive impressions. Plus, you will never have to worry about your temporary crown falling off while you wait for your permanent crown to be made. If you are interested in this process, either contact us to make an appointment or visit our website to learn more about this service and other services we offer. We look forward to hearing from you!

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What is Cerec?

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At Cakmes Dental Studio, we make sure that we are giving the highest possible dental care for our patients. We keep ourselves updated with the latest dental technology and equipment, and we try to incorporate it to benefit most of our patients with tools such as Sirona’s CEREC or Ceramic Reconstruction.

What is CEREC?

Developed by Sirona, CEREC is a sophisticated system of designing and making high quality, metal-free dental restorations in just a single visit. Using 3D photography and CAD/CAM technology, CEREC aids the dentist in designing a virtual restoration without taking impressions. With the use of a milling unit, the dentist can build your actual restoration while you’re still in the chair.

How does it work?

The cavity is photographed and stored as a three-dimensional digital model. Using biogeneric comparisons to surrounding teeth, software is then used to approximate the restoration shape.

3D CAD software refines the resulting model. Once completed, a milling machine carves out the actual restoration from a ceramic block. The final product is bonded to the patient’s tooth using resin.

Are you a candidate for CEREC restoration?

You can be a candidate for CEREC restoration if you are recommended for a new crown, inlay, onlay, or bridge. You may also be a CEREC candidate if you have a cracked tooth, failing restorations, or large damage on your teeth.


If you are interested in having CEREC restoration, we at Cakmes Dental Studio are more than happy to assess your condition and answer whatever queries you have.





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CEREC stands for Ceramic Restoration and uses an innovative system that designs high-quality, metal-free dental restorations in one visit. CEREC uses 3D photography and CAD/CAM technology to assist dentists in designing a virtual restoration. CAD and CAM (Computer-aided design and Computer-aided manufacturing) improve the design and creation of dental restorations. With the camera, computer, and milling system all in one unit, creation of the actual restoration can be done while you are still in the chair. CEREC eliminates the long wait of sending in a tooth mold to an outside lab and is a safer and more effective way to restore teeth than traditional methods.

What can CEREC help?

Your smile can be easily enhanced with CEREC. From improving the radiance of your smile to repairing decayed teeth, CEREC can help.

Here are the most common uses for CEREC restoration.

A traditional crown can take 2-3 weeks to complete which can make for a lengthy and stressful experience for patients. CEREC crowns can be completed in the same visit and look and feel like a real tooth.

CEREC allows patients seeking to be fitted for veneers to bypass the multiple visits to the dentists the traditional method calls for in one dental visit. Some fittings take as little as one hour.

A dental inlay is a pre-molded filling that fits into the grooves of the tooth without extending to the cusps. Traditionally, a dentist drills into the area of the tooth that is damaged or decaying before making a mold of the area to send to a laboratory. The laboratory will create the inlay from porcelain or resin before sending it back to be fitted. With CEREC the tooth is scanned and the inlay created in the dentist’s office while you wait.

Similar to an Inlay, an onlay is traditionally created from a mold sent off to a laboratory. Onlays are for more extensive damage and extend past the cusps of the tooth. Onlays can also be created at your visit to the dentist with CEREC technology.

While inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers, are the most common uses of CEREC restoration, CEREC can also aid in full-contour bridges, implants, and surgical guides. If a more convenient form of dental restoration sounds right for you, call us at (865) 584-6163 to schedule your consultation today.



  • https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/cad-cam-dentistry–what-is-it-
  • https://www.dentsplysirona.com/en/products/cad-cam/dental-practice.html
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