Dental crowns in one visit

Now no need to wait for a week time to get your dental crown. We have the advanced technology of CEREC (CAD/CAM) to provide the crown on the same day.

CEREC, allows us to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-coloured ceramic fillings (Inlays and Onlays), crowns, veneers and bridges, producing excellent care while saving patients time and money. Say Goodbye to multiple appointments and hello to convenience!

At Tooth Care Pukekohe our team of highly experienced dentists have undergone extensive training in CEREC dentistry to bring you the most advanced piece of dental technology available to you today. We provide customized crown that perfectly fits your tooth and matches the natural colour.


CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is the most Innovative piece of technology utilizing German engineered CAD (Computer Aided Design)/CAM (Computer Aided Milling) technology to restore the damaged tooth with an aesthetically designed crown, bridges, inlay, onlay and veneer for you.

The world’s best chair side CAD CAM delivers metal free: Lithium Disilicate and Zirconia crowns, veneers and bridges all in a single visit.

CAD/CAM technology allows us to scan a broken tooth without taking a messy uncomfortable impressions. We can mill a crown, bridge or large ceramic restoration (Inlay/Onlay) as well in the same day using Primemill. This simplified approach prevents multiple visits to the dentist. Instead, CEREC allows a convenient visit to your dentist and restore your smile quickly.

CEREC has three decades of clinical research and documentation to support its technology, and restorations completed with CEREC have been proven to be very precise, safe and effective.


CEREC Crown Procedure:

    1. Tooth Preparation

      In the initial consultation, dentist will assess your teeth and determine what CEREC restoration you need: crown, inlay, onlay, veneer, bridge.

      Dentist will prepare your tooth for restoration by removing the decay and weakened part of tooth.

    2. Digital Scanning Of Teeth

      After the preparation, tooth is scanned with digital scanner (Primescan) to create 3 dimensional image of tooth, called digital impression. Then CEREC software convert the digital impression into 3 dimensional virtual model which is used to design your dental crown.

    3. Designing And Milling Of Dental Crowns

      Once 3 dimensional virtual model is generated, dentist will design your crown by using CEREC software. CEREC designed crowns are more accurate and precise as compared to traditional method of making the crowns. It will take few minutes for dentist to finalise the design and then digital design is sent to inhouse CEREC milling machine (Primemill) to mill the crown. Crown is milled from ceramic block which has similar shade to natural teeth. Crown fabrication is done inside the dental office and take around 20 minutes to complete. Once the crown is milled, it is glazed in the furnace or polished depending upon the material used, and is ready to be fitted and bonded on your tooth. You can even watch the crown being milled in Primemill unit in our practice.

    4. Fitting Crowns In Mouth

      Dentist will check the fitting of the crown in mouth, Once the right fit is achieved, dentist will prepare the crown for bonding by etching or sand blasting the fitting surface of crown which helps in bonding. Crown is bonded over the tooth with resin cement and margins polished after removal of excess cement. You will get new crown in one day.

How long does it take?

Usually, our visits for single CEREC restorations take 1.50 hours. This is usually only 20 minutes of drilling and the rest of the time includes designing the new ceramic crown, milling, polishing or glazing, and finally bonding onto your tooth.

Sometimes it is appropriate to do multiple crowns or veneers in one visit. We would then reserve an entire morning or afternoon to peacefully work on a set of multiple teeth together. As always, we offer complimentary consultations to meticulously plan each treatment and appointment for you.


CEREC one visit crowns over traditional crowns

Traditional crowns are generally made of porcelain fused to metal, whereas CEREC crowns are made of Lithium Disilicate and Zirconia which resembles and functions very closely to your natural teeth.

CEREC offers natural-looking crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays and veneers that are compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. The days of temporaries, messy impressions and waiting days for the lab to return the restoration are history. CEREC offers an easy option for crowning a tooth in one day, in just one visit.

Advantages of using CEREC

Using CEREC technology, our dentists can restore damaged teeth and enhance your smile in a single appointment, making the treatment easy to fit in around a busy lifestyle. There are a few benefits associated with CEREC:

  1. A brand new smile in 1-1.5 hours on same day. Eliminates multiple visits to the dentist for permanent crown replacement.
  2. Crown on damaged tooth, replacing missing tooth with bridge and restoring teeth to natural beauty, function and strength using a 100% Metal-free restoration, and removes the need to use metal, which also improves aesthetics, in one visit.
  3. In most cases it needs minimal tooth preparation and has the ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible. This preserves a natural tooth making these devices particularly valuable to dentists and their patients.
  4. Less painful injections due to single-visit.
  5. There is no need to take messy impressions.
  6. There is no need to have a temporary crown or fillings for in-between appointments that eliminates reliance on a temporary crown that may be prone to falling out.
  7. Longer lasting restorations.
  8. Retains remarkably lifelike porcelain materials that can be tailored to match the natural shade of patients’ teeth.


Because your time is as important as your smile

Because your smile is as valuable as your time, we use one-visit crowns fabricated with CEREC. You need just one appointment for tooth preparation and placement of your permanent crown.

Worldwide, a CEREC restoration is placed every 20 seconds, and patients love the ease and aesthetic perfection of CEREC made crowns.

Who is suitable for CEREC veneers?

CEREC Veneers allows dentists to cosmetically enhance your smile with minimal or no drilling at all. This preserves the natural strength and health of your enamel and teeth. We will design a trial smile to ensure your new veneers are both complimentary to your smile and your face. We love doing cosmetic smile makeovers.

CEREC allows clients who are unhappy with their natural tooth shape and size to achieve their dream smile without sacrificing healthy tooth structure. For more elderly patients who no longer wish to explore orthodontic options, CEREC can create a smile they have always wanted but had seemingly been impossible with traditional methods.

Does it hurt to get a same-day crown?

It is a common myth that placing a crown on your tooth hurts your gum and mouth. While doing such a procedure we numb your mouth with local anaesthesia; hence, it does not hurt at all. Do not worry about pain, contact us now to get your same-day crown instantly.

Your bright smile is a sign of our success!

What’s the longevity of CEREC restorations and crowns?

CEREC restorations are a permanent, definitive treatment option. These are designed for long-term performance in a functioning mouth. Because it is bonded onto natural tooth structure, therefore tooth can still be susceptible to decay. Therefore, regular dental examination and hygiene is still necessary to maintain optimum dental health. Research shows a well-designed and placed CEREC crown can last over two decades. If you have a bruxism (tooth grinding or clenching) habit it might be worthwhile to wear a night guard to protect your teeth. Even natural teeth wear down faster with these habits.

Can I eat normally after getting a CEREC crown?

CEREC crown is used to mimic biological teeth. The more we recreate nature and restore ideal anatomy the healthier and more predictable our outcome can be. Each CEREC crown is bonded individually. You can clean, floss, eat on your tooth after a CEREC crown as per normal. A well-designed CEREC crown should feel comfortable from the very first fitting. There is a super accurate 3D scan that captures both jaws in your mouth. The relation between the two jaws are simulated on the computer software. It would be wise to avoid using your teeth to bite down on extremely hard items such as shells and bones. These can even crack natural teeth.