At Helotes Family Dentistry, we take pride in providing advanced dental care using state-of-the-art technology so you can enjoy a more positive patient experience. One example of this is our one-visit dental crowns.

We use CEREC® technology to shorten the crown procedure from a couple of dental visits to just one appointment. Not only will you save time, but you’ll also get to avoid the inconveniences that come along with the traditional procedure. Get a CEREC crown and get back to your life faster than ever!

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Dental Crowns

When You May Need a Dental Crown

Getting a dental crown in just one appointment is all well and good, but why would you ever need one in the first place? Dental crowns are used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes. Here are some of the main reasons for a dental crown:

  • To cover a worn down tooth
  • To protect a weakened tooth
  • To strengthen a cracked tooth
  • To repair a broken tooth
  • To support a tooth after a root canal
  • To secure a dental bridge
Dental Crown Procedure

CEREC® Dental Crown Procedure

We take a digital impression of your tooth (none of that messy impression goop or uncomfortable trays). Afterwards, our CEREC software uses the images to create a virtual model. We make sure everything looks right and then send the information to our in-house milling machine, which creates your custom dental crown out of a tooth-colored, ceramic block. This eliminates us having to wait around for an outside dental lab to make your restoration and giving you a temporary crown in the meantime. To complete the procedure, we bond the dental crown to your tooth and check that everything looks and feels good with the fit and placement.

Thanks to CEREC, a treatment that would normally take at least two appointments can be completed in just one to two hours.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Your new crown should last an average of 10 to 15 years, but with good oral health and oral hygiene they can last much longer.

Cerec crowns are custom milled on our state-of-the-art machine out of a block of ceramic, one of the strongest substances available for dental crowns.

Studies have shown Cerec crowns to be as durable as regular crowns. The shorter wait time does not suggest inferior quality, instead it eliminates the dental lab middleman.

One of the main benefits of a Cerec crown is the ease of the procedure from start to finish. We know that your time is valuable and with fewer visits to our office there’s less time you have to take off work or away from other pursuits.

Another benefit of having the crown milled and fitted for you on the same visit is that there’s no need to wear an ill-fitting temporary crown for weeks while you wait for an off-site dental lab to finish making the permanent crown. This not only eliminates the discomfort of a temporary crown, it also protects your tooth from additional decay.

The digital 3D imaging of the Cerec machine is precise, so you receive a better fitting crown. Another bonus of the exactness of the computer scan is that it usually reduces the amount of drilling required. That not only means less discomfort for you, it also means that your underlying tooth remains stronger.

The aesthetics of a Cerec crown are another advantage. Traditional crowns are made of metal which is covered with porcelain. As the crown ages, the porcelain can wear away exposing some of the unsightly metal base. The Cerec crown is made entirely of tooth-colored ceramic which is especially important if the crown can be seen when you smile.

Yes! The all ceramic Cerec crown is an especially good choice for front teeth because of its natural tooth-colored appearance.

Insurance varies in coverage but a Cerec crown receives the same coverage as any other type of crown. Our office will help you determine what percentage of the cost will be covered by your insurance.

Cost of Dental Crowns

As with many other dental procedures, the cost of a dental crown depends on how much your insurance will be covering, if any. It also depends on which tooth is being treated and the size of the restoration. We’ll be happy to give you a cost estimate once we’ve been able to take a look at your case in person.

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