CEREC crown or filling

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Tell your dentist of any known dental issues or problems: If you grind, this will affect whether you need stronger materials as grinding puts you at a higher risk of damaging the end result.

Your dentist must correct any issues such as cavities or gum disease prior to completing the CEREC restoration: Not correcting these issues will only allow crowns, veneers and bridges to mask the problem and could lead to more extensive and expensive treatment.


CEREC, or ‘Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics’, is a computer aided dental restoration technology.

A CEREC system consists of three components:

1. Acquisition unit: to take a detailed image of the tooth, or teeth. This means no more messy impression materials in your mouth.

2. CEREC software: to generate a precise 3D image on which a design is based.

3. Milling unit: the unit which generates the ceramic crown or filling.


1. No need for messy impressions that give you that gagging sensation.

2. Porcelain restorations are longer lasting and more cosmetically appealing than traditional white composite fillings. 3. This process allows dentists to design, produce and insert individual ceramic restorations such as crowns, inlays, onlays, veneers and bridges in a single visit


Only one appointment is required.


Average costs may vary between $500 and $1800 per tooth.  


Have you previously completed CEREC work?  This allows you to see and assess the quality of your dentists’ previous work.

Are there any hidden costs? For instance, does the quote include all costs such as x-rays?

Is the work guaranteed? If it is, for how long? What happens if veneers break within the time frame?

Will lab made restorations be better? In some instances, such as highly cosmetic cases or grinders, a lab produced restoration may better suit your needs.