Traditional Crowns vs. CEREC Crowns

By Aaron Strickland, D.D.S. on August 27, 2018

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When a tooth has decay or experiences trauma, it is sometimes necessary to protect it with the help of a dental crown, also called a cap. A crown is placed over a tooth to protect it from further damage and to restore it to its normal function.


There are two main types of dental crowns: traditional crowns and CEREC crowns. In this blog, we’ll compare the differences between the two and give you information you need to help make the best choice for your needs. 


The process for both types of crowns is basically the same, but the timeframe is different. Traditionally, getting a dental crown has been a time-consuming process that required multiple trips to the dentist over a period of several weeks. CEREC, on the other hand, allows dentist to shape crowns in-house, making the procedure faster and less time consuming. Part of what makes CEREC crowns so great is that they are milled right in the office during your appointment. For people who suffer from dental anxiety, this can be an excellent solution. 


In terms of appearance, some patients have reported their CEREC crowns not as aesthetically pleasing as traditional ceramic crowns. However, this likely has to do with the skill of the dentist. Cosmetic dentistry is both an art and a science, and a good restorative dentist does not always make a good cosmetic dentist. For front teeth especially, choose a dentist with plenty of experience shaping CEREC crowns, or considering going the traditional route. For back teeth or teeth that don’t show when you smile, it probably won’t make too much of a difference.


In terms of price, there is a minimal difference between traditional crowns and CEREC crowns. Because the dentist doesn’t have to send the order in to a dental lab, there are no lab fees. However, the lab fees of a traditional crown are usually replaced by the dentist’s charges, as they have invested in the CEREC technology, equipment, and training, which they have paid for.


CEREC crowns are typically made of ceramic or resin materials and are not available for gold crowns, all-metal crowns, amalgam crowns, or resin crowns. Patients who prefer these materials will have to opt for traditional crowns.

Still have questions?

The dentists at White River Dental are eager to hear from you and answer all of your questions about dental crowns and other types of restorative and cosmetic dentistry. We have the experience, tools, and knowledge to help you find the right choice for your wants, needs, and budget. Connect with us on Facebook, submit the online contact form below, or give us a call today at (812)378-2041.

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