Porcelain, Metal, and Resin: Understanding CEREC® vs. Traditional Crown Materials

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Dental patients that need crowns often select a CEREC®, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, crown due to the convenience of a single appointment. Dental crowns are recommended by dentists to address a variety of situations. Patients may need one if a tooth becomes weak, broken, or discolored. Crowns play a vital role in tooth restoration, making it important to understand how CEREC® crowns differ from traditional crown options.

Traditional crown types

Traditional crowns require two appointments, which are usually separated by two weeks. Separate office visits means that patients will need to wear a temporary crown between appointments. There are several material options to consider and selection depends on personal preference and where it will be placed. 

All-metal crowns

All-metal crowns are made using gold, platinum, or other metals. All-metal crowns rarely break and often last longer than other types. A stainless steel crown is generally recommended for baby teeth because of its durability.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns feature a layer of metal covered by a porcelain surface. These are strong crowns and can be colored to match the patient's surrounding teeth.

Resin dental crowns

Resin dental crowns are inexpensive and have a natural color. This crown is free of metal, making it a good choice for people with metal allergies. It is important to note that crowns made of resin are prone to fractures.

All-porcelain crowns

All-porcelain dental crowns are used mostly on restoring front teeth. This crown type can have different shades throughout, thus increasing the crown's ability to mimic the look of a natural tooth.

All about CEREC crowns

CEREC® crowns are appealing to patients because the restoration can be completed in a single dental appointment. 

What material is used?

A CEREC® crown is made out of a very strong ceramic that can be color-matched to the surrounding teeth. Same-day crowns last approximately 10 years.

How is a CEREC crown made?

The dentist begins the procedure of making CEREC® crowns by first removing tooth decay. Next, the tooth is shaped to allow the new crown to fit. The dentist will then take digital images and use a computer to create a 3D image of the tooth. The computer designs the new crown and an in-office milling machine carves it out of a ceramic block. Lastly, the dentist will fit and bond the newly created CEREC® crown.

What are the benefits of CEREC® crowns?

CEREC® crowns fit snugly around the tooth to give patients a beautiful, natural smile. This crown type also provides the following benefits:

  • Restores the smile's appearance quickly
  • Requires a less invasive procedure
  • Does not necessitate the use of impressions and molds
  • Is more cost-effective than other options
  • Allows more of the original tooth structure to be preserved 
  • Does not require the use of a temporary crown


CEREC® crowns are a safe and effective way of restoring teeth in a single appointment. If you are interested in learning more, discuss the different crown options with your dentist.

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