Same Day CEREC Crowns

What are Same Day CEREC Crowns?

One Day to a Better Smile

Same day CEREC crowns – which is short for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” – deliver the same restorative effect as traditional crowns, just faster.

That means they can be used in practically all the same situations, like if you’ve lost a large crown, cracked a tooth, or want to replace a tooth that just doesn’t look quite right.

In a lot of ways, CEREC crowns aren’t just an alternative to traditional crowns – they’re the preferred choice, letting you restore your smile without any of the discomfort or inconvenience of a traditional crown.

The Pros and Cons of CEREC Crowns

A New Standard for Dental Crowns

Same-day CEREC crowns are an upgrade in more ways than one. They’re faster, of course, but they’re also a step ahead of traditional crowns in other areas too.

The Advantages

Practically instant restoration

With CEREC crowns, you can start smiling, eating, and speaking naturally again in a day instead of weeks.

Better value

By avoiding all the appointments you need for traditional crowns, you save more in the long run.

Superior comfort

Since they’re digitally created and precisely milled, CEREC crowns feel as comfortable as natural teeth.

Injury and decay prevention

Getting your final crown placed all at once lets you avoid the risks of injury, infection, and decay that come with wearing a temporary crown.

The Drawbacks

A distinctive look

Some people feel like CEREC crowns don’t look quite as natural as traditional crowns, while others say CEREC is as realistic as it gets - it’s a personal choice.

Higher up-front costs

Just comparing the cost of the crowns, CEREC crowns often cost more than traditional crowns, but once the cost of added scans and appointments is factored in, CEREC crowns usually cost less.

The CEREC Crown Process: What to Expect

1. Consultation and Assessment

When you come in, Dr. Zhu will scan and visually assess your tooth to determine if dental crowns are the best option for you.

2. Preparation and Digital Impressions

Next, Dr. Zhu will prepare your tooth and use our advanced 3Shape TRIOS® Intraoral Scanner to create a 3D model of your mouth.

3. In-office Crown Milling

That 3D model will be transferred to our CEREC milling machine, where it’ll take around 15 minutes to create your dental crown.

4. Final Touch-ups

Once the crown is complete, Dr. Zhu will apply any necessary refinements to make sure your crown looks and fits naturally.

5. Crown Placement

Finally, using a safe, ultra-strong dental cement, Dr. Zhu will attach your newly created crown. All done!

After Getting Your CEREC Crown

You should avoid eating in general until your anesthetic wears off, and then avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods for another 24 to 48 hours until your new crown is fully set.

For the first couple of weeks after receiving your new crown, you might notice sensitivity or small flakes of cement while brushing your teeth. Both of those are normal, but if you notice any sharp areas that feel sharp or cause discomfort, we recommend that you book a follow-up appointment with us so we can refine those areas of your crown.

Why get your CEREC Crowns at Freedom Dental?

Because you’re looking for a comfortable treatment and a restored smile that looks even better than your old one.

Choosing Freedom Dental for your CEREC crowns means you get access to a process that’s built on Dr. Zhu’s countless hours of CEREC crown experience, plus the latest equipment from some of the dental industry’s most trusted manufacturers like Dentsply-Sirona and 3Shape.

What Our Patients Say

I had a temporary crown removed and a permanent one replaced on my left side…very skilled at the situation, very patient, and now I’m a satisfied patient.

— Linda P.


How long does it take to make a CEREC crown?

It takes about 15 minutes for the milling machine to process your digital impression and create your crown. Overall, you can expect your appointment to take approximately 2 hours.

How long does a CEREC crown last for?

On average, CEREC crowns last for 10-15 years, although if you take good care of your teeth and overall oral hygiene, you can expect your crown to last well beyond 15 years.

How much does a CEREC crown cost?

Like most dental treatments, the cost of a CEREC crown varies from person to person depending on their health needs and personal preferences.

On the low end, CEREC crowns can cost as little as $500, all the way up to $3000 on the high end. In some cases, you may be able to cover some or all of the cost of your crown with dental insurance.

Don’t wait to restore your smile.

With CEREC, you’re just a day away from having a smile that you feel great about. Call or message us online today to find out more, schedule an appointment, and learn how joining our Keep Me Healthy program can help you save 15% on your crowns.