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Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about our dental laboratory services? Browse our FAQ section, and please reach out at any time.
Dental crowns are caps that cover the top and sides of a tooth. Crowns are often the most reliable means of treating extensively cracked or worn teeth. Crowns are traditionally made in a dental laboratory and inserted 1-2 weeks after the initial visit.
A CEREC same-day crown is even more convenient, because it’s created and placed on your tooth during a single appointment, right in the dental office. Specialized technologies let us restore your tooth in 1-2 hours.
When you get a CEREC same-day crown, we’ll put you through a quick process:
- Scanning: We use digital imaging to scan your teeth, taking impressions without traditional impression putty
- Designing: We turn your digital impressions into a model of your crown using design software
- 5-Axis Milling: Our machine in the next room mills your crown out of a block of ceramic in about 15 minutes
- Placing: Your dentist polishes your crown and places it on your tooth
We’ll show you the results and make sure you’re happy with your new smile.
An average CEREC crown lasts about 10-15 years, which is around the same amount of time that a traditional crown lasts. They are made from exactly the same high-strength ceramics as traditional dental crowns.
CEREC crowns are as safe as traditional crowns since they are made from the same time-tested ceramics. There is little to no difference in the procedure performed in your mouth, compared to having a traditional crown. The innovative process happens in another room where the crown is quickly designed in our software and milled with our CEREC machine.
The ceramics used (zirconia or glass-ceramic) have a long track record of being exceptionally durable, biocompatible, and aesthetic.
Insurance coverage varies based on your plan details. Many plans do cover at least part of the cost of crowns, while some plans cover 100%.
3D printing has revolutionized how we fabricate night guards, temporary teeth, and models. In the laboratory, this technology has improved accuracy and made our work more predictable. Digital files are kept so that replacements can be readily produced in the event of loss or breakage of an item.