Are CEREC One-Day Crowns Worth It? Part 2

CEREC is the unique CAD/CAM system for all-ceramic restorations in one single appointment. CEREC quickly and safely produces the desired results for patients in need of crowns.

Traditional crowns and inlays are made in laboratories using a centuries-old lost wax technique with cast metal and sometimes a layer of porcelain on top. For many years, dental offices have been using all-ceramic restorations in many situations. The current technology to produce these is mainly CAD/CAM, an acronym for computer aided design/computer aided manufacture.  

Often, patients with fillings will exhibit amalgam breakdowns and damage to the tooth structure as recurrent decay creates stress fractures on the enamel. Unlike most laboratory-created crowns, CEREC inlay restorations stabilize the integrity of the tooth. CEREC materials ensure maximum bond strength and enhance appearance, resulting in your desired smile. CEREC inlay restorations form a smooth, tooth-colored replacement of dental material lost to cavities. Using ultramodern CAD/CAM technology, CEREC inlays mimic your tooth’s color and structure exactly.

To meet the individual needs of more patients, CEREC has expanded their product range to include two camera solutions, and three different milling units, making it even easier for dentists make the right decision for their patients’ treatment.

This technology continues to evolve and improve at an amazing rate. The next big step is likely to be the mainstream integration of optical impressions (again, taken digitally with a camera or scanner) to replace the typical models taken with impression material.  

Whatever the future holds, you can be sure that dentists will investigate each new development, and bring in those technologies when they feel that they will improve the health and care of their clients. (

Here are a few facts about CEREC dentistry: (

  • The most used dental CAD/CAM system worldwide
  • 30 years of successful continuous development
  • Over 28 million restorations placed
  • More than 250 scientific studies documenting clinical security
  • Proven long-term survival rate of 95%