CEREC is a computer-aided system that enables us to produce a crown, inlay or onlay for you without taking impressions. The system uses a 3D scanner to accurately record the contours of your teeth and specialised software allows the crown, inlay or onlay to be designed on-site to suit. A compact milling machine actually cuts the final crown out of a solid block of dental material.
Crowns, inlays or onlays usually take 2 weeks for a dental laboratory to make. CEREC can do this in a little over an hour. Not only that, but the dentist can adjust the design to suit so the days of crowns that won’t fit are gone! Finally, as CEREC scans your teeth directly you don’t need any impressions. Clean, quick and precise.
There may be some situations in which a CEREC crown, inlay or onlay cannot be used. Your dentist will advise you if this is the case. If so, impressions will be taken and a dental lab will make your crown instead.
All CEREC crowns are white, and are matched to your existing tooth colour as closely as possible. They are semi-transparent just like real teeth, and the dentist can add extra features such as colour changes or darkened areas at the base of the fissures to match your other teeth.
There are several materials available, but the two we use are:
Both are engineered to be strong and smooth. They wear like natural teeth and feel just as good as a crown made in a dental lab.
We charge £380 for a CEREC crown, and £290 for an inlay or onlay.
No. CEREC crowns are supplied on a metal post which is used to fix them into the milling machine. As the machine cuts the shape of the crown (or inlay or onlay) out of the block of material, it is separated from the metal post. It is not possible to use a CEREC block as an implant.
However, CEREC crowns can be used with implants, and fitted to the abutment.