Dr Simon O'Neill Associate Dentist Cerec Crowns


For years teeth that have been heavily broken have had old fashioned crowns fitted to make them secure again. These crowns may do the job intended but the process of making them can be lengthy and destructive. The dentist has to shape the tooth into a core for the crown to fit over the top, this often involves having to drill away healthy tooth. The process also involves messy and unpleasant impressions which are then sent off to the lab, with the finished crown returning upto 2 weeks later.

Frequently Asked Questions

CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, is a cutting-edge dental technology that enables dentists to create custom ceramic dental restorations in a single appointment. This includes crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, and more, all fabricated directly in the dental office using computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology.
One of the major benefits of CEREC technology is its ability to provide same-day dental restorations. Typically, it takes around 1-2 hours for a CEREC crown to be designed, fabricated, and placed during a single dental visit, eliminating the need for multiple appointments and temporary restorations.
Yes, CEREC crowns are known for their durability and strength. These crowns are made from high-quality ceramic materials that are designed to withstand normal biting and chewing forces. With proper care and maintenance, CEREC crowns can last as long as traditional crowns.
No, the CEREC procedure is not painful. Like any dental procedure, patients may experience some discomfort during the preparation phase, but local anesthesia is used to ensure that patients remain comfortable throughout the process. Additionally, the single-visit nature of CEREC means less time spent in the dental chair overall.
CEREC crowns are resistant to staining and discolouration, providing long-lasting aesthetics. However, if you wish to whiten your natural teeth, it’s advisable to do so before getting CEREC restorations to ensure a consistent shade match between your natural teeth and the crowns.
While CEREC technology is suitable for many patients, it may not be appropriate for everyone. Factors such as the location and extent of the restoration needed, as well as the patient’s oral health and individual circumstances, will determine if CEREC is the right choice. Your dentist can assess your specific needs and recommend the most suitable treatment option.

CEREC has changed all of this, now you can have a crown made in 1 hour, with no impressions and maintaining all the healthy tooth!

Using 3D CADCAM technology we can scan the tooth to create a 3D image of your tooth which we can use to design a ceramic crown to fit the tooth, rather than shaping the tooth to fit the crown. The crown is milled on site from a ceramic block and fitted the same day. No impressions, No waiting, No fuss.

Dr Simon O'Neill Associate Dentist with patient