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What are Dental Crowns?

CEREC | John A. Garza, DDS | Gilbert, AZ

A crown, as the name implies, basically sits atop the natural tooth and covers the tooth all the way down to the gumline. Crowns restore the tooth to its normal size after damage as well as strengthens the tooth and improves the appearance. Most dental practices rely on dental labs to fabricate their crowns.

This requires first preparing the tooth and taking video impressions, while the dental lab makes the custom crown. It also entails at least two appointments for the patient. This is a long waiting time and patients can be left without a permanent solution. With John A. Garza, DDS and his staff patients can receive a crown in just one visit using the CEREC system.

What is the CEREC system?

The CEREC system is a state-of-the-art way to create crowns. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and it simplifies restorations such as crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays. CEREC is a single visit restorative procedure which saves you time and the need for additional visits. Dr. Garza uses the CEREC system to design and create ceramic crowns in around an hour. Patients will first have an examination including impressions, and measurements. Then Dr. Garza simply sends the specs to the CEREC system. The system mills the crowns from a block of dental porcelain.

The Benefits of Single Visit Crowns

Restorative Dentistry | John A. Garza, DDS | Gilbert, AZ

The CEREC system offers our patients a number of benefits including:


What’s the value of your time? Our CEREC crowns can be designed, milled, and placed all in a single appointment. You don’t have to waste time with two appointments, along with waiting up to two weeks for a dental lab to create your crown.

No temporary crowns

While waiting for the lab to create your crown, patients have to wear a temporary crown that isn’t custom fit. With CEREC you can skip that step!

preserve your natural tooth

The precision of the CEREC system, which creates a 3D model of your tooth, often allows Dr. Garza to remove less of the natural tooth to make room for the CEREC crown.

No dental impressions

No one likes the goop and trays that are part of making dental impressions. Dr. Garza uses the CEREC system’s digital tools to measure and then design your crown, eliminating the need for impressions.


Some people think CEREC crowns aren’t as strong or durable as crowns made in a dental lab. Truth is, both are milled from dental porcelain and are equally strong and durable.

You’re involved

Since Dr. Garza designs your crown in the office using the system’s digital technology, you can be involved with final color choice and other factors if you choose.

The CEREC crown Procedure

The CEREC Crown Procedure | John A. Garza, DDS | Gilbert, AZ

Whether created in a dental lab or a CEREC system, the initial process for placing a crown is the same. The tooth is first prepared for the crown by shaving down a portion of the tooth on all sides and on the top. This makes room for the crown to fit over the tooth and still occupy the same space as the original natural tooth. Once this preparation is complete, Dr. Garza takes a series of photographs and other measurements to provide the input for our CEREC system.

He then designs your crown right in the system, allowing you to see what it will look like. The CEREC system then takes a block of solid porcelain and mills it down to the exact specifications of Dr. Garza’s design. Once the CEREC crown is complete, Dr. Garza places the crown onto your tooth with a temporary bonding material. This is so that we can test the bite and see if you are satisfied with the fit. Once you both agree everything is right, Dr. Garza bonds the crown permanently onto your tooth. No recovery is needed and you can eat normally as soon as you leave our office.

What are my other restorative treatment options?

Dr. Garza is fully trained and experienced to replace lost or damaged teeth with the restorative treatment that best suits your needs. During your consultation, he will discuss the differences with you and help you decide which option is best. We perform all of our restorative dentistry services with the highest level of care to help you improve the health and appearance of your smile. Some of the restorative treatment options available include:

Why Choose The CEREC Restorative Technique?

CEREC, by Sirona Dental Systems, is the world’s only system for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in one office visit. With CEREC, you can be in and out in a single visit with a permanent, all ceramic crown, onlay, or veneer. This means fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your hectic schedule for dental care. Let’s face it, very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth. These fillings do just that – “fill” a cavity, or hole, in your tooth left from the excavation of decayed tooth structure.

In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and can go bad, weaken the tooth, or get additional decay under or around it. In fact, 1.2 billion of these metal fillings will need to be replaced in the next 10 years. We will replace these fillings, but also restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, broken, etc. to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it’s done with all-ceramic materials that match your tooth in a single appointment!

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Don’t waste unnecessary time and money at other dental offices when you can restore your teeth with just one visit! Dr. Garza and his staff want to help change your smile. For more information or to schedule a consultation call (480) 539-7979 today.

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