Same Day Porcelain Crowns

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Same Day Porcelain Crowns

CEREC same-day crowns using Primescan technology is a revolutionary dental solution that has transformed the way we restore damaged teeth. With traditional dental crown procedures, patients often have to endure multiple appointments, uncomfortable temporary crowns, and lengthy wait times. However, with CEREC Primescan, the process is faster, more convenient, and efficient – in fact it’s done in one appointment! By utilising advanced materials and technology, our team in South West Rocks can design and produce custom-fit porcelain crowns in just one visit.

Same day porcelain crowns are a revolutionary dental restoration technique that allows our dentists to create and place perfect custom-made crowns in a single appointment. This time-efficient solution offers patients the convenience of restoring damaged or weakened teeth without the need for multiple dental visits, temporary crowns, or lengthy wait times. David has been watching this technology for almost 20 years and personally providing his patients same day crowns for 6 years. It was a simple decision to bring this to the Kempsey Shire – no one wants a temporary and a second appointment (or injection!).

Here’s a comprehensive overview of same day porcelain crowns, including the technology behind them, the process, and the benefits they offer.

Technology Behind Same Day Porcelain Crowns:

Same day porcelain crowns are made possible by Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology. This advanced system allows our team to design, create, and place high-quality, custom-fit crowns in a single visit. The process involves digital imaging, computer-aided design software, and an in-office milling machine that can fabricate the crown from a solid block of dental-grade porcelain and a furnace to bring the porcelain to its final, strong and beautiful state.

The Process:

Tooth Preparation: Your dentist will first numb the area and prepare the tooth by removing any decay and reshaping the tooth structure to accommodate the crown.

Digital Impressions: Using an intraoral scanner, your dentist will capture a highly accurate digital impression of the prepared tooth and the surrounding teeth.

Crown Design: The digital impression is used to create a 3D model of the tooth, which your dentist manipulates using CAD/CAM software to design a custom-fit crown.

Crown Fabrication: The design is sent to the in-office milling machine, which carves the crown from a block of dental-grade porcelain, matching the colour of your natural teeth.

Crown Placement: Your dentist will check the fit and make any necessary adjustments before bonding the crown to the prepared tooth, completing the procedure in a single appointment.

Pros and Cons of Same Day Porcelain Crowns


Convenience: Same day porcelain crowns are completed in a single appointment, eliminating the need for multiple dental visits and saving patients time.

No Temporary Crowns: Patients can avoid wearing uncomfortable temporary crowns, as the permanent crown is created and placed during the same appointment.

High-Quality Restorations: The use of CAD/CAM technology ensures a precise fit, and dental-grade porcelain offers a durable, stain-resistant, and natural-looking restoration.

Less Invasive: The digital impression process is less invasive and more accurate than traditional methods, allowing for better preservation of the tooth structure.

Improved Patient Experience: The streamlined process reduces chair time and increases patient comfort, leading to a more positive dental experience.


There are a few situations where your dentist may choose to use a high quality Australian based laboratory (who likely still use CADCAM and Mill your restoration). 

Very High Aesthetic demand: Sometimes we attempt to match a very unique tooth colour or situation and using a Ceramist (dental technician with specific porcelain skills) may help us achieve this

Very large cases, where they would not be completed the same day due to the amount of lab work required and as a temporary matter may allow our patient to ‘test’ their new smile.

Frequently Asked Questions about Same Day Porcelain Crowns

The process involves preparing the tooth, capturing a digital impression using an intraoral scanner, designing the crown using CAD/CAM software, fabricating the crown in-office using a milling machine, and placing the crown on the prepared tooth, all within the same appointment.

Yes, same day porcelain crowns are made from the same dental-grade porcelains, which is strong, durable, and stain-resistant. When properly cared for, same day porcelain crowns can last just as long as traditional crowns. At South West Rocks Dental we can provide same day Zirconia crowns, a cutting edge technology that even the most equipped practices may not be able to provide.

Same day crowns and lab made crowns cost the same amount. Come in for a Comprehensive Dental Assessment and we can give you fixed costs (and all of the options) for any dental problem you have. 

The duration of the same day porcelain crown procedure varies depending on factors such as the complexity of your case and the material chosen. Generally, the entire process can be completed within 2 hours and some of this time is spent relaxing in the waiting room or treatment room.

While same day porcelain crowns are an efficient and convenient solution for many patients, they may not be suitable for everyone. Some complex cases or specific dental issues may require traditional crown fabrication methods. 

Caring for your same day porcelain crown is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily, and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. The surface of a crown cannot decay, but the join or ‘margin’ certainly can. Good oral hygiene habits are crucial to long term oral health.

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