CEREC Same Day CrownsDental crowns are a common solution for restoring damaged or decayed teeth, but the traditional process often involves multiple appointments and temporary crowns. The advent of CEREC technology has revolutionized dental care by allowing for same-day crowns, offering a faster, more convenient, and equally effective alternative. Dr. Nazanin Morshedi, a renowned dentist at Palo Alto Dental Center in Palo Alto, CA, specializes in providing CEREC same-day crowns.

In this comprehensive blog post, we will explore the benefits of CEREC same-day crowns, how the process works, and what patients can expect during their treatment.

What Are CEREC Same-Day Crowns?

CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, is an advanced dental technology that enables the design, creation, and placement of ceramic dental restorations in a single visit. Using state-of-the-art digital imaging and CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology, CEREC allows dentists to create high-quality, custom-fitted crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays in just one appointment.

The Benefits of CEREC Same-Day Crowns

CEREC same-day crowns offer numerous benefits over traditional crowns, including:

  1. Convenience

One of the most significant advantages of CEREC same-day crowns is the convenience of completing the entire process in a single visit. Traditional crowns typically require two or more appointments, with a waiting period of weeks between them. CEREC eliminates the need for multiple visits and temporary crowns, saving patients time and reducing the inconvenience of additional dental appointments.

  1. High-Quality Materials

CEREC crowns are made from high-quality ceramic materials that are biocompatible, durable, and resistant to wear. The ceramic material closely mimics the natural appearance of tooth enamel, providing an aesthetically pleasing result that blends seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.

  1. Precision and Accuracy

The digital imaging and CAD/CAM technology used in the CEREC process ensures a high level of precision and accuracy in the design and fit of the crown. The detailed 3D images captured by the intraoral scanner allow for precise measurements, resulting in a crown that fits perfectly and functions optimally.

  1. Preservation of Tooth Structure

CEREC technology allows for a more conservative approach to tooth preparation. Less natural tooth structure needs to be removed compared to traditional crowns, preserving more of the healthy tooth and enhancing the overall strength and longevity of the restoration.

  1. Reduced Sensitivity and Discomfort

The immediate placement of the permanent crown eliminates the need for temporary crowns, which can often cause sensitivity and discomfort. Additionally, the precise fit of the CEREC crown reduces the likelihood of post-procedure discomfort and the need for adjustments.

How CEREC Same-Day Crowns Work

The process of getting a CEREC same-day crown involves several key steps:

  1. Initial Examination and Preparation

The first step is a thorough examination by Dr. Nazanin Morshedi to determine if a CEREC crown is the appropriate solution for your dental needs. This includes assessing the condition of the affected tooth and discussing your treatment goals. If a CEREC crown is recommended, Dr. Morshedi will begin preparing the tooth by removing any decay and shaping it to accommodate the crown.

  1. Digital Imaging

Once the tooth is prepared, Dr. Morshedi will use an intraoral scanner to capture detailed digital images of the tooth and surrounding area. These images are used to create a precise 3D model of the tooth, which serves as the basis for designing the crown.

  1. Designing the Crown

Using specialized CAD software, Dr. Morshedi will design the crown based on the 3D model. The software allows for precise customization of the crown’s shape, size, and color to ensure a perfect fit and natural appearance. Patients can often see the design process in real-time and provide input on the final appearance of their crown.

  1. Milling the Crown

Once the design is finalized, the digital data is sent to an in-office milling machine, which fabricates the crown from a solid block of ceramic material. The milling process takes about 15 to 20 minutes, during which the crown is meticulously crafted to match the specifications of the digital design.

  1. Fitting and Bonding the Crown

After the crown is milled, Dr. Morshedi will check its fit and make any necessary adjustments to ensure it fits perfectly and comfortably. Once the fit is confirmed, the crown is polished and bonded to the prepared tooth using a strong dental adhesive. The entire process, from preparation to placement, typically takes about two hours.

The Lifespan of CEREC Crowns

CEREC crowns are known for their durability and longevity. With proper care and maintenance, they can last 10 to 15 years or longer. It is essential to maintain good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing and flossing, and to attend routine dental check-ups to ensure the longevity of the crown. Avoiding habits that can damage the crown, such as chewing on ice or using teeth as tools, will also help prolong its lifespan.

Who is a Good Candidate for CEREC Same-Day Crowns?

CEREC same-day crowns are suitable for many patients who need a dental crown. Ideal candidates include individuals with:

  • Damaged or Decayed Teeth: Teeth that are significantly decayed or damaged may benefit from a crown to restore their function and appearance.
  • Cracked or Fractured Teeth: A crown can protect and strengthen a tooth that has been cracked or fractured.
  • Large Fillings: Teeth with large fillings that compromise their structural integrity may need a crown for additional support.
  • Cosmetic Concerns: Patients seeking to improve the appearance of their smile can use CEREC crowns to address issues such as discoloration, misshapen teeth, or gaps.

However, not all patients are candidates for CEREC crowns. Dr. Morshedi will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the most appropriate treatment for your specific needs.

Comparing CEREC Crowns to Traditional Crowns

While both CEREC and traditional crowns serve the same purpose of restoring damaged teeth, there are several key differences between the two methods:

Time and Convenience

  • CEREC Crowns: Completed in a single visit, eliminating the need for temporary crowns and multiple appointments.
  • Traditional Crowns: Typically require two or more appointments, with a waiting period of weeks between them and the use of temporary crowns.


  • CEREC Crowns: Made from high-quality ceramic material that closely mimics natural tooth enamel.
  • Traditional Crowns: Can be made from various materials, including metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all-ceramic.

Accuracy and Fit

  • CEREC Crowns: Designed using digital imaging and CAD/CAM technology for a precise fit and optimal function.
  • Traditional Crowns: Require physical impressions and manual fabrication, which can result in less precise fit and potential for adjustments.

Tooth Preservation

  • CEREC Crowns: Allow for more conservative tooth preparation, preserving more natural tooth structure.
  • Traditional Crowns: May require more extensive removal of tooth structure to accommodate the crown.

Frequently Asked Questions About CEREC Same-Day Crowns

  1. How long does the CEREC crown process take?

The entire process of getting a CEREC crown, from preparation to placement, typically takes about two hours. This means you can have your crown designed, fabricated, and placed in a single visit.

  1. Are CEREC crowns as durable as traditional crowns?

Yes, CEREC crowns are made from high-quality ceramic materials that are durable and resistant to wear. With proper care, CEREC crowns can last just as long as traditional crowns, typically 10 to 15 years or longer.

  1. Will my CEREC crown look natural?

CEREC crowns are designed to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, providing an aesthetically pleasing result that blends seamlessly with your smile. The ceramic material used in CEREC crowns closely mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel.

  1. Is the CEREC crown process painful?

The CEREC crown process is generally well-tolerated by patients. Local anesthesia is used to numb the affected area during tooth preparation, ensuring a comfortable experience. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure, which typically subsides within a few days.

  1. How do I care for my CEREC crown?

Caring for a CEREC crown is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Maintain good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing and flossing, and attend routine dental check-ups. Avoid habits that can damage the crown, such as chewing on ice or using teeth as tools.

Success Stories: Real-Life Experiences with CEREC Same-Day Crowns

Many patients at Palo Alto Dental Center have experienced the benefits of CEREC same-day crowns. Here are a few success stories:

Sarah’s Convenient Solution

Sarah, a busy professional, needed a crown for a damaged molar. She opted for a CEREC same-day crown to avoid multiple appointments. The process was quick and convenient, allowing her to return to work the same day with a restored tooth that looked and felt natural.

John’s Smile Makeover

John wanted to improve the appearance of his smile by addressing several misshapen and discolored teeth. Dr. Morshedi used CEREC technology to create custom crowns that transformed John’s smile in just one visit. He was thrilled with the immediate results and the natural look of his new crowns.

Emily’s Emergency Repair

Emily experienced a dental emergency when she cracked a tooth just before an important event. Dr. Morshedi was able to provide a CEREC same-day crown, quickly restoring Emily’s tooth and confidence. She was able to attend her event with a beautiful, intact smile.


CEREC same-day crowns offer a revolutionary solution for restoring damaged or decayed teeth with convenience, precision, and high-quality results. Dr. Nazanin Morshedi and the team at Palo Alto Dental Center are dedicated to providing exceptional dental care using the latest technology and techniques. If you need a dental crown and want to experience the benefits of CEREC technology, consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Morshedi.

With her expertise and commitment to patient care, Dr. Morshedi can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile with minimal disruption to your busy schedule. Contact Palo Alto Dental Center today to learn more about CEREC same-day crowns and how they can improve your dental health and overall well-being.

Contact Information:

  • Address: 3505 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • Phone: (650) 494-1122

Discover the convenience and excellence of CEREC same-day crowns at Palo Alto Dental Center with Dr. Nazanin Morshedi. Achieve the smile you deserve with the advanced technology and compassionate care that sets us apart.

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