What is the Difference Between CEREC and Traditional Dental Crowns?

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australians aged 35-54 years have on average 14.4 decayed, missing or filled teeth. Most often, tooth decay leads to treatments such as a root canal and placing the dental crowns. You might also know a lot of people who have already undergone this procedure. A dental crown is a cap used to cover a broken, weak, decayed tooth after proper filling.

CEREC vs Traditional Dental Crowns

The only dilemma that you may be facing is whether to opt for CEREC or traditional methods to get a dental crown. No need to rack your brains anymore, Healthy Smiles Dental Group is here with a few tips to solve your doubts.

Read on to know how CEREC crowns measures up to traditional dental crowns.

What is a Traditional Crown?

The traditional method of making a crown is the way dental crowns have been made for years.

What is CEREC?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economic Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics. It is a state-of-the-art method to make dental crowns using CAD/CAM technologies. “Same day crowns” is also a new term coined for CEREC. It does not just make dental crowns, it can also make inlays, onlays and bridges.

Let’s See the Differences


When making traditional crowns, the dentist operates on the decayed, damaged tooth first. The tooth is then measured for the exact fitting of the crown. The crowns are fabricated as per the measurements and then placed on the prepared tooth. At times when there can be delays in placing the permanent crown, a temporary crown is placed on the tooth. This keeps your tooth safe from further damage or decay in the meantime.

CEREC restoration is an exceptionally quick procedure. It allows your dentist to fabricate and place the new permanent crown in one go. The measurements are taken using high-quality cameras and fed into a computer. This computer processes and transfers the images to a milling unit which mills the new restorations in no time.

Materials Used

Traditional crowns can be made up of a variety of materials including porcelain, metal, ceramic, gold and resin. Metal crowns are sturdy and can stand up to hard chewing and teeth clenching. Porcelain crowns do not prove to be as strong as metals.

CEREC is used to mill only ceramic materials. They can be customised to match the teeth colour of the patient.

Time Taken

The process of traditional crowns takes at least two appointments with the dentist. The crowns get fabricated in a dental laboratory and usually take a week or more to be delivered.

While for CEREC, the job gets done in just one appointment. The whole process of getting a new restoration lasts for only about two hours for a single tooth. CEREC is immensely time-saving.


Given their sturdiness, traditional metal crowns last more than the all-ceramic crowns which cannot hold against sudden high pressures.

You need to consider these factors about dental crowns to decide which one will suit you. To know exactly which dental crown is the best for your requirements, visit our Melbourne dentist at Healthy Smiles Dental Group.

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Dr. Ved Berani

Author: Dr. Ved Berani

Dr. Ved Berani, a second-generation dentist and the principal dentist at Healthy Smiles and Sleep Dream Smile, shows great pride in his work by helping his patients achieve cosmetic and aesthetic results all while utilising sleep dentistry and sedation.

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