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About Smiles

Family and Cosmetic Dentists located in Austin, TX & Round Rock, TX

CEREC Crowns Specialist

When you need to strengthen a broken tooth or cover a discolored tooth, CEREC® crowns make the process easier, because they’re done in just one visit to the dentist. The dentists at About Smiles in Austin and Round Rock, Texas, have advanced technology that digitally scans your mouth and makes your new crown on site. Contact us to schedule an appointment and to learn how CEREC crowns can improve your dental health.

CEREC Crowns Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is used to cover, or cap, a damaged tooth. Since the crown encases the tooth, it protects the tooth, restores its strength and improves your appearance. The crown is securely cemented to the original tooth or anchored to an implant, so it’s stable, long-lasting, and functions just like a normal tooth.

Your dentist at About Smiles may use a crown to:

  • Cover a cracked or broken tooth
  • Repair a tooth with extensive decay
  • Improve the appearance of stained or crooked teeth
  • Cover a tooth after a root canal
  • Preserve a tooth that’s weak due to a large filling
  • Cover an implant
  • Anchor teeth to support a dental bridge

What are dental crowns made of?

Crowns are made from resin, porcelain, metal, or porcelain fused to metal. Resin crowns are the least expensive, but they’re more likely to crack or break. Porcelain blends well with the natural color of your teeth. It’s also very strong, but not as durable as metal.

The metals used in crowns are alloys, or mixtures, of multiple metals. Gold alloys mix gold, copper, and other metals, while base-metal alloys include stainless steel, nickel-chromium, and nickel-titanium.

What is the process for getting most types of dental crowns?

For most types of dental crowns -- but not CEREC crowns -- you’ll make two trips to the dentist. During the first visit, you’ll decide on the type of crown and choose a color that matches your natural teeth.

The tooth will be shaved down a little and an impression made of your mouth, which is sent to the lab where the crown is made. You’ll wear a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready, then you’ll go back to the dentist to have the new crown firmly cemented into place.

What is a CEREC crown?

CEREC crowns are unique because they’re made in the office at About Smiles, and the entire process can be done in one trip. This is possible because CEREC crowns are made using computer-assisted design.

After the dentist prepares the tooth to support the crown, digital imaging software takes 3D scans of your mouth. Information from the scan is sent to the on-site crown fabrication machine. Using a block of ceramic, the machine mills a permanent crown that’s a perfect fit for your tooth.


At About Smiles, we are in-network with most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Delta Premier
United Concordia

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