What is a Cerec Crown? Is it for Me?
January 26, 2017  |  Dental Technologies

What is a Cerec Crown? Is it for Me?

There are different situations that our Dr.’s would recommend a crown. Dr. Jeff or Dr. Trent will look at your unique situation. Dental crowns are made from various materials. They can include all metal, porcelain fused to metal, all ceramic Cerec Crown or porcelain, or resin. The material that is used will dictate the length of time you may have to wait for it. You may or may not need a temporary crown depending on the type of crown. And different crowns have different fees.

A crown is a protective cap. Possible reasons that our Dr.’s would recommend a crown would include:

  • To cover a tooth after a root canal

  • To cover a cracked or broken tooth

  • Strengthening a tooth by covering a weak tooth, either because of a large filling, or the likelihood that it will crack or break

  • To cover an implant

  • To cover anchor teeth that support a bridge


Cerec Crowns are made of a solid block of ceramic or resin materials. This type of crown is made right in our office during a SINGLE VISIT. There is no need to construct a temporary crown. There is also no need for impressions for the permanent crown. But, best of all, there is no 2 week wait for the crown to be made off site at a laboratory. This is the most common type of crown that we do at Westhill Dental, but not the only type we make.

This type of crown uses computer technology to take a picture of the tooth that will be crowned, as well as the surrounding teeth. With CAD CAM software, we can design the tooth while looking in your mouth. We can match the color perfectly. Because this crown is made from a single block of ceramic, it is considerably stronger than many other types of crowns. It is baked in an oven while you are taking a short break in the office for added strength.

Other types of Traditional Crowns

All Metal: All metal crowns don’t require as much precision tooth preparation and therefore don’t alter the existing tooth structure as much as porcelain fused to metal or ceramic crowns. There are long lasting and are far less likely to break or chip. Metals include gold alloy, palladium, nickel or chromium. These are a very obvious tooth in your mouth and do not look like a natural tooth.

Porcelain Fused to Metal: Porcelain can be matched to your natural tooth color. A disadvantage of this type of crown is that these crowns can create more wear on the surrounding teeth than metal or resin. The metal that the porcelain is attached to can show at the gumline area. Porcelain can chip or break, but is very natural looking.

All Ceramic / All Porcelain: This type of crown is most easily matched to your existing teeth. Because there is no metal, there is no great risk of seeing the dark crown edge. This tooth is also ideally suited to people who have a metal allergy. The greatest disadvantage is that this crown can cause more wear and tear on the surrounding teeth. On the other hand, it is ideal for front teeth because they look very much like real teeth.

Resin: Resin crowns are cheaper than ceramic, porcelain or metal crowns. This material is more prone to fracturing and causes more wear and tear on the crown itself.

In Conclusion

Again, different situations, warrant different types of crowns. Dr. Jeff or Dr. Trent will discuss your best options and determine together with you the best type of crown for your situation. Our team at Westhill Dental would be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding Cerec Crowns or any other aspect of your oral health.

To learn more about a cerec crown visit our website to see a video and pictures of our CAD CAM / Cerec machine in use. Click the link below.

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  • That we are paying close attention to the evolving CDC guidelines and will continue to make our practice safe for all those we are honored to serve.
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  • Your dental health is important and impacts your overall health and we are committed to supporting each and every one of you as we return to full services beyond emergency care.
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