CEREC® – Same Day Dental Restorations

It’s Done In One


An advanced dental technology is known as Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing, or CAD/CAM, makes it possible to fabricate laboratory-grade crowns and other dental restorations in minutes. It’s an amazing innovation when you consider that traditionally, crowns take two or three visits and just as many weeks of waiting. Now you can have a restored tooth without the wait.

Best of all, studies have shown that CAD/CAM tooth restorations are just as successful as crowns made with traditional materials and techniques. And the amazingly lifelike appearance of a same-day crown means that no one will know your tooth has been restored.

How it Works

With the help of the CAD/CAM software, Dr. Becker will design your dental crown while you wait. Then a block of dental ceramic material is chosen in the shade that most closely matches your own teeth. The computer’s digital design is transmitted to a milling machine that carves the crown from the ceramic block in about five minutes.

Once the crown’s fit has been verified, and any necessary aesthetic enhancements have been made to the crown’s surface (staining and glazing, for example), the crown will be bonded to your tooth. With a traditional crown, you would have to wear a temporary restoration for several weeks while the permanent crown was being fabricated at the lab. With a same-day crown, you walk out with the real thing.

CEREC® can be used to correct restorative dental concerns such as:

  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Secure a root canal
  • Repair tooth damage
  • Severely worn teeth
  • Fit to a dental implant

Benefits of CEREC® for Restorative Dentistry

cerecCEREC® can help patients repair their smile.  Dental crowns are used to treat a wide range of oral health concerns from chips and cracks to replacing missing teeth. CEREC® allows for the design, fabrication, and permanent bonding of a dental crown in just one visit to our Ellicott City dentist office. CEREC® eliminates the need for impression trays, long wait times, and unnecessary trips to the dentist office.

Dr. Becker can use CEREC® to fit a patient with a dental crown after their root canal treatment. For patients who have received a root canal to address advanced dental decay or damage, a dental crown can help to secure the structure of the tooth.  A dental crown in combination with a root canal offers conservative options for restoring the health to a diseased tooth without the need for extraction.

Benefits of CEREC® include:

  • Complete dental restoration in a single dentist office visit
  • Natural and comfortable results
  • Color matched to adjacent teeth
  • Highly durable material
  • Can last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene
  • Enjoy eating without dietary restrictions