Same-Day Crowns (CEREC)

Traditionally, after a tooth is prepared for an inlay, onlay or crown restoration, an impression is taken and sent to a dental laboratory. While the crown is being made in the lab, which may take up to 3 weeks, a temporary restoration is placed. At the second visit, the temporary restoration is removed and the definitive crown is cemented.
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic or CEramic REConstruction) is a revolutionary restorative dental procedure that eliminates the need for multiple visits. It leverages the power of CAD-CAM (computer-assisted design / computer-aided manufacturing) to precisely scan and fabricate an inlay / onlay restoration, or a crown while you are still in the dental chair.

Due to this unique process, CEREC is capable of restoring your tooth’s form, function, strength and aesthetics in one visit.

What does the CEREC process involve?

Examination – One of our dentists will firstly examine your tooth to determine if it is suitable for a CEREC restoration, and if any other treatment is required before we are ready to proceed. Once the treatment plan is finalized, we will book an appointment with the appropriate length of time, depending on the number of teeth involved and the type of CEREC restoration required.

Preparation – This appointment begins with a local anaesthetic to numb the area, then the tooth is prepared to the correct shape and dimensions.

Optical Impression – A 3D image of the tooth is created with a digital scan, eliminating the need for a physical mould of your teeth. This digital 3D image will be used to fabricate your restoration, using specialized software to create a suitable design. You can watch on the computer screen as your dentist designs your crown or restoration digitally.

Milling Unit – The finished design is sent wirelessly to the milling machine, which cuts out the precise shape of the restoration, creating a custom restoration uniquely fitted to your tooth. This restoration is  made from a tooth-coloured ceramic with a shade that matches your existing teeth. The restoration is then polished or placed in a furnace, depending on the type of material used.

Placing the Restoration – Once fabricated, the restoration is bonded into place with a dental cement.

Advantages of CEREC

  • Most procedures can be completed in a single visit.
  • No messy impressions necessary.
  • No need for temporary restorations between visits.

Lounge facility

If you are interested in the process, you are able to watch the design and milling process.  Alternatively, you can relax and wait in the comfort of our lounge room, equipped with a massage chair and TV.


Ready to learn more and find out if CEREC tooth restoration is right for you? Contact us or book online today to schedule an initial consultation.

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