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CEREC Crowns vs. Traditional Crowns

CEREC Crowns vs. Traditional Crowns

CEREC crowns and traditional crowns are two distinct approaches to dental restorations that have revolutionized the world of dentistry. When it comes to restoring damaged or decayed teeth, patients are often presented with a choice between CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) crowns and traditional crowns. 

Both options serve the same purpose of restoring the structural integrity and aesthetics of a tooth, but they differ significantly in terms of the process, time and convenience involved.

What is a CEREC Crown?

CEREC crowns, which stand for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic crowns and are also called CEREC same-day crowns, are created using computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology. Unlike traditional crowns, CEREC crowns are designed, fabricated and placed in a single visit. The process involves using a 3D scanner to capture the digital impression of the target tooth. This data is then sent to an in-office milling machine, which crafts the crown from a block of ceramic material, perfectly matching the patient's tooth color.

What is a Traditional Crown?

Traditional crowns, often called dental crowns or caps, are like personalized tooth hats. They're used to fix and protect a tooth that's been damaged or has decayed. These "hats" are crafted from materials like porcelain or metal to cover the entire visible part of the tooth, making it strong, functional, and natural looking.

Traditional crowns involve taking physical impressions, sending them to an external dental lab, and placing a temporary crown while the permanent one is fabricated.

CEREC Crowns vs Traditional Crowns: Time, Cost, Material & More


  • CEREC Crowns:
  • 1 Day
  • Traditional Crowns:
  • 2-3 Weeks


  • CEREC Crowns:
  • Comparable
  • Traditional Crowns:
  • Comparable


  • CEREC Crowns:
  • Feels like Real Teeth
  • Traditional Crowns:
  • Depends on Material


  • CEREC Crowns:
  • Up to 15 Years
  • Traditional Crowns:
  • 15-25 Years


  • CEREC Crowns:
  • Ceramic
  • Traditional Crowns:
  • All Metal, Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal, All Resin or All Ceramic


Why CEREC is the Clear Choice

CEREC has revolutionized the restorative process. It was created with the patient in mind to make a visit to the dentist as pain-free as possible.

8 Advantages to Using CEREC

  • Most procedures can be done in one visit, saving patients money and time
  • Fewer painful injections due to single-visit
  • No messy impressions
  • No temporary restoration for in-between visits
  • Ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible
  • Longer lasting restorations - may last over 10 years
  • Restores teeth to natural beauty, strength and function
  • Metal-free restorations