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Are CEREC Crowns a Good Option for Back Teeth That Are Not Seen?

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Cerec crowns for posterior teeth


Cerec technology is wonderful for inlays/onlays and allows to save time and money for both a practitioner and the patient. However, the research shows plenty of evidence about failures of Cerec crowns (all-ceramic) crowns used for posterior teeth. The Cerec crown never will be able to adapt the same amount of occlusal load as standard PFM crown which is lab-made, it doesn`t have the same strength, glaze, etc. In a long term prognosis patients usually face a lot of problems like chips, cracks and will require the re-make of the Cerec crown. As a Prosthodontist I won`t recommend the use of Cerec crown for posterior teeth and will navigate my patients towards more stable, long-term predictable results with lab-made crowns.

Miami Cosmetic Dentist
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Cerec crowns works for back teeth


Yes, no problem. However if money is an issue, a less costly gold, porcelain fused to metal or Empress crown is fine too. 

Mitchell A. Josephs, DDS
Palm Beach Cosmetic Dentist

CEREC crowns


If prepared in the appropriate manner, CEREC crowns are a wonderful option for posterior ("back") teeth.  In my experience, these crowns are just as successful, if not more successful, as laboratory-fabricated crowns (whether procelain-fused-to-gold, full gold, or porcelain-to-ziconia or some other material).  Every individual is unique, and some individuals do not have adequate tooth structure or may generate too much force for a CEREC fabricated crown to be successful. With materials like e.max (lithium disilicate) available, the strength of CEREC fabricated restorations exceeds that of many laboratory-fabricated materials.

The accuracy and precision of CEREC is unsurpassed compared to traditional impression techniques used for laboratory-fabricated restorations,  and the appropriate materials used under the appropriate conditions with CEREC can produce a long-lasting natural-looking restoration for a posterior tooth.

Chad Colson, DMD
Greenville Cosmetic Dentist

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