Cerec Dental Crowns

Irmo, SC Dentist

Over time, our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks or discoloration. Crowns are used to renew the appearance and function of a tooth. Crowns are not limited to just replacing the original tooth, but can be designed to create an even better aesthetic appearance.

Other reasons for needing a dental crown include:

  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left.
  • To cover severely discolored teeth.
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.

Also, they are often used in conjunction with root canal therapy, dental implants or as an anchor for a bridge.


CEREC is a sophisticated system that designs and makes high quality, metal-free dental restorations in one patient visit. This system utilizes 3D photography and CAD/CAM technology to assist our dentist in designing a virtual restoration without taking impressions. This allows us to make precise restorations that look great, fit perfectly and can last for years.

Our CEREC system allows our practice to do same-day restorations on almost all procedures, including inlays, onlays, crowns and bridges. A typical CEREC crown appointment can last less than two hours and there is no need for additional appointments. Also, the CEREC system creates restorations from a solid block of ceramic, creating very durable and strong restorations.

You may be a CEREC candidate if you:

  • have been told you need a new crown, inlay, onlay or bridge.
  •  have a cracked tooth, old failing restorations or large damage/trauma on your teeth.
  • are interested in replacing old metal restorations with biocompatible restorations.


  • Photographs of your cavity are taken and stored in our 3D digital model software to approximate the restoration shape.
  • The model is refined using 3D CAD software.
  • When the model is complete, a machine carves the actual restoration out of a ceramic block.
  • The restoration is bonded to the tooth using a resin.

Once treatment is complete, continue to practice proper at home care and keep regular office visits to help your crown last many years. Much like your original teeth, crowns require routine brushing and flossing.

Contact our Irmo dentist for more information CEREC dental crowns.