CEREC Crowns & Veneers
Dentist in Auckland NZ

St Heliers Dental Centre prides itself on
delivering an extensive range of dental
services to take care of the whole family.

St Heliers Dental Centre offers same day CEREC crowns,
veneers and onlays

The closest match to natural tooth enamel, ceramic or porcelain veneers, crowns and other dental restorations have long been the most popular choice for restoring teeth.

The downside of traditional ceramic restorations is that the procedure involves several visits to the dentist, as your custom crowns or veneers need to be manufactured off site in a dental lab before being bonded to your tooth. A temporary crown or other restoration is then fitted to protect the tooth in between visits.

CEREC crowns and veneers avoid this waiting time by being designed, manufactured and bonded to your tooth by your dentist, all in the same visit. Call our team to find out more about CEREC dental treatment in Auckland.

What is CEREC machine dentistry?

CEREC 3D CAD/CAM technology uses computer-aided design and manufacture to create a permanent all ceramic crown, onlay or veneer in just a single visit.

CEREC is an acronym that stands for:

  • Chairside: The CEREC machine is located in the dental clinic and used while you're in the chair
  • Economical: CEREC crowns cost similar to traditional crowns
  • Restorations: The procedure restores teeth to a natural appearance, function, and strength
  • Of Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-coloured to help you maintain a natural-looking smile
  • Ceramic: We use high-quality ceramic material that's similar in composition to your natural tooth structure

Why choose CEREC restorations at our Auckland based clinic?

  • Convenience – Why go to the dentist a second time when you don't have to? Most dental restorative methods require more than one visit to the dentist, but with the CEREC 3D CAD/CAM system, your entire procedure is done in a single appointment, start to finish.
  • Comfort – Unlike traditional restorations, CEREC dental treatment takes digital impressions of your teeth rather than using moulds, which can be uncomfortable and less precise. You also won't have to wear a temporary crown or veneer, which can be prone to breaking or coming loose.
  • Strong and natural – CEREC® Blocs from Sirona used by St Heliers Dental Centre are manufactured by VITA from the best feldspar ceramic worldwide, producing accurate, high-quality and long-lasting restorations.

Watch our experienced CEREC dentist Dr Neil Dewar explain how the CEREC 3D CAD/CAM system works and its advantages

CEREC dental treatment at our Auckland clinic

If you're having a crown, veneers or other dental restorations or cosmetic dentistry using porcelain ceramic, our St Heliers dentists will explain what the CEREC process involves so you can decide if it's the right choice for you.

Whether you're having CEREC veneers, crowns or other restorations, the process involves 4 steps:

  1. Taking accurate 3D images of your teeth using a camera that fits comfortably inside your mouth.
  2. Using CEREC computer-aided design to generate 3D models of your restoration that fit perfectly between the teeth on either side.
  3. Sending this design to a milling machine located on site that sculpts your custom restoration out of a ceramic block using diamond dental burs.
  4. Making any minor adjustments needed before bonding your CEREC crown, veneer or filling into place.

CEREC dentist FAQ

CEREC crowns can be designed, manufactured and placed in a single appointment. This involves taking 3D digital impressions of your mouth, designing your custom crown using CEREC software, milling the crown using a CEREC machine and finally bonding it to your tooth. This whole process can take between 90 minutes and 2 hours.

CEREC crowns can make strong restorations for all teeth, but they're most often placed over chewing teeth (molars) rather than the front teeth. This is because they're made from a single ceramic block, which can make them appear slightly duller than traditional porcelain crowns. Our cosmetic dentist can recommend the best aesthetic options for restoring your tooth.

Prices range from $974 - $1,520. The cost of CEREC crowns however varies depending on their size and the number of teeth you're having treated. Our dentists in Auckland can give you an estimate, but we can't give you a more accurate idea of what CEREC crowns cost until we examine your mouth.

CEREC fillings, crowns and veneers may last for 15 years or longer with good care. Ceramic fillings are more durable than composite fillings and have also been shown to outperform traditional gold and amalgam restorations.

CEREC crown cost may be covered by your health fund if your insurance covers dental services, though cosmetic dentistry such as dental veneers may not be covered. Ask your insurer if you want to know how much you're covered for.

Once a CEREC crown has been placed and allowed to bond with your tooth, it should be fixed in place for many years. If you need to have a CEREC crown removed, this can be slightly easier than removing a traditional crown, as the restoration is made from a single ceramic block.

Looking for an Auckland CEREC dentist nearby? Contact St Heliers Dental Centre Today

If you want to repair, support or change the look of a tooth or multiple teeth, book an appointment with our CEREC dentists in St Heliers to find out what your options are. Call our team today on 09 575 5814 or book an appointment online.