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Frequently Asked Questions

The life expectancy of a CEREC crown can vary depending on several factors, including the patient’s oral hygiene habits, the quality of the crown itself, and the amount of wear and tear it experiences. However, on average, a well-maintained CEREC crown can last for about 10 to 15 years.

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, which is a technology used for creating ceramic dental restorations, including crowns, inlays, and onlays. These restorations are made using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology, allowing them to be produced and placed in a single dental appointment.

While CEREC crowns are known for their strength and durability, they are not indestructible. Over time, normal wear and tear, as well as biting and chewing forces, can gradually wear down the crown. Additionally, factors such as teeth grinding (bruxism), poor oral hygiene, and trauma to the mouth can potentially shorten the lifespan of the crown.

It’s important to note that regular dental check-ups and cleanings are crucial for monitoring the condition of the crown and addressing any issues early on. Your dentist can provide you with specific information about the expected lifespan of your CEREC crown based on your individual circumstances.


CEREC crowns are renowned for their exceptional strength and durability. They have proven to be a reliable and long-lasting solution for dental restorations. With advancements in ceramic materials and CAD/CAM technology, CEREC crowns have become a popular choice among patients and dentists alike.

CEREC crowns are crafted from high-quality ceramic materials, such as zirconia or lithium disilicate, which offer excellent strength and aesthetics. The CAD/CAM process allows for precise customization and milling, resulting in a well-fitting crown that can withstand normal biting and chewing forces.

Moreover, CEREC crowns have the advantage of being created and placed in a single dental appointment, eliminating the need for temporary crowns and multiple visits to the dentist. This streamlined process saves time and ensures convenience for patients.

While the longevity of a CEREC crown depends on individual factors, such as oral hygiene and habits, a well-maintained CEREC crown can last for an average of 10 to 15 years. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices can further enhance the lifespan of the crown.

Overall, CEREC crowns offer a strong and durable restorative option that combines aesthetics, convenience, and longevity. Consulting with your dentist will provide you with personalized information and help determine if a CEREC crown is the right choice for your specific dental needs.

CEREC restorations are primarily made from ceramic materials rather than porcelain. Ceramic is a broad term that encompasses a range of materials with different properties and compositions. CEREC restorations, including crowns, are commonly fabricated using ceramic materials such as zirconia or lithium disilicate.

Zirconia is a type of ceramic known for its exceptional strength and durability. It is highly resistant to fracture and can withstand biting and chewing forces effectively. Zirconia crowns are often chosen for posterior teeth, where strength and durability are paramount.

Lithium disilicate is another ceramic material used in CEREC restorations. It offers a combination of strength and aesthetics, making it suitable for both anterior and posterior teeth. Lithium disilicate crowns can provide excellent aesthetics while still providing adequate durability.

While porcelain is also a type of ceramic material, it is not as commonly used for CEREC restorations due to its relative fragility compared to zirconia or lithium disilicate. Porcelain restorations may be more commonly associated with traditional crown fabrication methods rather than the chairside CEREC system.

It’s important to consult with your dentist to determine the most appropriate ceramic material for your CEREC crown, considering factors such as the location of the restoration, your bite force, and aesthetic requirements.


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Bridgework can restore the health and appearance of smiles that have suffered multiple tooth loss.

A bridge is a device that is secured to surrounding teeth via crowns, and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. This treatment will restore lost teeth, support remaining teeth and help keep teeth in proper position and alignment. Our CEREC technology is used during bridgework to provide a swift, high quality treatment. It is important to note that bridges are only a viable treatment option if there are some surrounding natural teeth that remain. If this is not the case, dental implants can be a viable option for total tooth replacement.