Cerec Crowns / Inlay / Onlay

A CEREC machine is a piece of dental equipment, that you will see standing in the corner of our surgery in the Surbiton Smile Centre. It allows us to offer a service that only takes a couple of hours such that our patients can have a new crown modelled and fitted, all on the same day.

The CEREC machine uses the latest CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology to create a CEREC crown for you in just one visit. This state-of-the-art digital mapping technology charts the inside of your mouth and then takes a computer image of your tooth, which gives very detailed and accurate measurements. Your new crown is milled out of a solid ceramic block in our surgery and bonded to your tooth after final preparation from our Dentist. It is really that simple! So, your tooth is encased by the new crown creating a permanent protective covering.

What is the typical process to get a Dental Crown?

Before using CEREC technology, a patient visiting us for a crown was faced with a time consuming and cumbersome process:

  • After an oral examination, that will include dental X-rays and other dental imaging we determine whether a crown or inlay is needed.
  • During the first appointment, the tooth is numbed and shaped so that the crown can fit onto the preparation.
  • Then a mould or an impression of that preparation is made.
  • Once this is done, the impression or the mould is sent to an outside lab to make the crown.
  • In the meantime, the patient is given a temporary crown, which is worn for one to two weeks until the laboratory completes the fabrication of the original crown. Unfortunately, the temporary crown is often weak and comes off easily, which can add embarrassment to a patient’s frustration.
  • During the second appointment, the actual crown is finally placed.

What is the typical process to get a CEREC Crown?

  • After your oral examination and necessary digital X-rays, our Dentist will determine if a crown is necessary.
  • If a crown is needed our Dentist will reshape your tooth, to allow the fitting of the crown.
  • An intraoral camera is then used to take a digital image (or impression) of your tooth.
  • Based on this image, the CEREC software creates a virtual model of your tooth. Our Dentist then uses this prototype to construct the tooth restoration on the screen and then passes the
  • finished construction wirelessly to an in-surgery milling machine (The CEREC machine).
  • A high-grade ceramic, plaque-resistant material is then milled, or manufactured, to complete your new crown by the CEREC device. If you like you can even watch this in action!
  • Afterwards our Dentist will add some finishing touches to the restoration, and then place the crown on your tooth. Usually very little bite adjustment is needed. Sometimes none at all
  • compared to crowns made in an off-site laboratory.
  • Your CEREC Crown (Inlay or onlay)will be perfectly sized, shaped, and shaded to complement your existing teeth and individual smile for optimal form and function.

This ‘same day crown’service offers an affordable solution for anyone wanting to minimize their time at the dental surgery. Some patients ask if the CEREC Crown is as durable as a conventional crown, made in the dental laboratory. There is no difference in the durability of these crowns.

Bear in mind too that this type of restoration can be matched to the colour of each your natural teeth, so the CEREC crown will look beautiful and natural. In fact, no one will notice that you have a crown.

With twice a day brushing and daily flossing, teamed up with six monthly dental examinations and Hygienist cleanings, these restorations will last for years and give you a confident, aesthetically pleasing smile.

Do you want to know more?

If you feel that you are in need of the restorative or cosmetic dental services to achieve the smile you have always dreamed of, then contact us at The Surbiton Smile Centre. Dr Simin Soltani (our Principal Dentist) will recommend the best treatment for you, based on thorough evaluation. You never know, CEREC technology may be the perfect fit for you!



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