Crowns in One Visit

CAD CAM Technology Means Fewer Visits
Taking a picture instead of an impression, to fix a broken tooth


Modern Cad Cam technology allows us to restore damaged teeth with a crown in one visit, when it used to take two. There is no longer any need for us to take an impression and send it to the lab. A “digital “impression” of the prepared tooth is taken with a scanning camera.


Exact design specifications are sent to our on-site “milling machine” to create your restoration. About 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, color-matched restoration is ready for custom staining and glazing. No temporary crowns –  no need for a second anesthetic injection, and no need for a second appointment.


Usually, you only need one appointment instead of two, but the appointment is a long one. Plan on about 2 hours, and bring something to read if you like, because you’ll have some down time.



The crown is made of a very strong porcelain, which is bonded to place.


What Does it Cost?

The fee for a CEREC crown is the same as for a conventional crown. There are no additional charges for an all ceramic crown.

The Latest Technology!  The CEREC System, made by Sirona/Dentsply for the delivery of crowns in one visit had been, until recently, “the only game in town”. Recently other dental companies have developed competing products. Our office is currently using one of these new systems: a Treos scanner and software made by 3-Shape, combined with a precision ceramic wet mill made by VHF in SwitzerlandWe also use the 3-Shape software to design our implant surgical guides. We try to stay on the leading edge of technology, so that we can provide the best quality care.

1/10/2018.  On order is a new crown milling machine, made by Amann Girrbach. This new mill aims to reduce the time needed for manufacturing a crown, but with the same high quality. Hopefully we will be able to shorten the length of time needed for one-visit crown appointments. Will keep you posted!