All About Dental Crowns

Have you broken a large portion of your tooth?

When a tooth fractures or has/requires a large filling, one of the best options is to protect it with a dental crown.

A crown is essentially a bespoke cap made to fit over the top of your existing tooth. It can help your smile look more attractive, whilst providing strength, durability and stability to your tooth.

Crowns are often a long-term restorative solution and with the help of modern technology in our practices today - you can walk away with a lasting smile in just one visit.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, often referred to as "tooth caps", are custom-made restorations that are placed over a damaged or weakened tooth.
These crowns serve a dual purpose: they enhance the appearance of the tooth and provide structural support, ensuring its long-term stability.

Our experienced team of dental professionals understands the importance of achieving a harmonious balance between aesthetics and function when it comes to dental crowns.

A cast with fixed bridge on top.

CEREC Crowns

At Auckland Family Dental, we take pride in offering the latest advancements in dental care to ensure our patients receive top-notch treatment. One such cutting-edge technology we employ is CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) crowns. With CEREC crowns, you can experience a host of advantages that set us apart as your trusted dental care provider.

Process of CEREC Crowns

The process of getting CEREC crowns at Auckland Family Dental is a testament to our commitment to efficiency and patient convenience. Here's a brief overview of how it works:

1. Digital Impression

Unlike traditional crown procedures that involve messy impressions, CEREC starts with a non-invasive digital scan of your teeth. This 3D scan provides an accurate and detailed image of your tooth, eliminating the discomfort associated with traditional molds.

2. Custom Design

Once the digital impression is obtained, our skilled dental professionals use advanced CAD/CAM technology to design a custom crown that perfectly matches your tooth's size, shape, and color. This digital design ensures precise and personalized results.

3. In-House Milling

With the design in place, we utilize our in-house milling machine to craft your CEREC crown from high-quality ceramic materials. This step takes just a matter of minutes, eliminating the need for temporary crowns and multiple appointments.

4. Immediate Placement

Once your CEREC crown is ready, our experienced dentists will place it onto your tooth. Thanks to the accuracy of the digital design and milling process, the crown fits perfectly, providing immediate restoration of your tooth's form and function.

Advantages of CEREC Crowns

1. Time Efficiency

The most notable advantage of CEREC crowns is the time saved. With traditional crown procedures, you might have to wait weeks for your permanent crown to be fabricated in an external lab. CEREC technology allows us to complete the entire process in a single appointment, saving you valuable time.

2. Precision and Accuracy

The digital impressions and CAD/CAM technology used in CEREC ensure unparalleled precision and accuracy. This minimizes the need for adjustments and provides a snug, comfortable fit.

3. Natural Aesthetics

CEREC crowns are crafted from high-quality ceramic materials that closely resemble the appearance of natural teeth. This means your smile remains not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing.

4. Durability

CEREC crowns are renowned for their strength and longevity. They can withstand the rigors of daily use, ensuring your restored tooth remains healthy and functional for years to come.

5. Convenience

At Auckland Family Dental, we prioritize your convenience. With CEREC crowns, you can say goodbye to the hassle of multiple appointments and temporary crowns. We offer a streamlined process that gets you back to your daily life with a beautifully restored smile in no time.

Choosing CEREC crowns at Auckland Family Dental means choosing efficiency, precision, aesthetics, durability, and unmatched convenience. Experience the benefits of this advanced technology and entrust your smile to our dedicated team of dental professionals.

The Versatility of Dental Crowns

Restoring Damaged Teeth

Dental crowns are a versatile solution for addressing a wide range of dental issues. Whether you have a cracked, chipped, or severely decayed tooth, a dental crown can restore its structural integrity.

Our expert dentists use the latest techniques and materials to craft crowns that seamlessly blend with your natural teeth, ensuring a flawless smile.

Aesthetic Enhancement

A beautiful smile is not just about having healthy teeth; it's also about having a bright, uniform, and aesthetically pleasing set of teeth. Dental crowns can be customized to match the color, shape, and size of your existing teeth, making them an ideal choice for improving your smile.

Protection After Root Canal Treatment

After undergoing a root canal procedure, a tooth can become more brittle and prone to fractures. Dental crowns provide an additional layer of protection to these teeth, reducing the risk of damage and preserving your oral health.

Dental Implant Restoration

Dental crowns are frequently used to restore single missing teeth in combination with dental implants. This not only fills the gap in your smile but also ensures proper bite function, enabling you to eat, speak, and smile confidently.

A dental crown on top of an implant

The Process of Getting Dental Crowns


We will discuss your concerns and conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth.


To ensure a proper fit, a small portion of the existing tooth may be reshaped, and impressions are taken.

Custom Fabrication

Our dental laboratory creates a custom crown that matches the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth.


The crown is carefully placed over your tooth, ensuring a secure fit and natural appearance.

Final Adjustments

We make any necessary adjustments to ensure your bite is comfortable and natural.

What Are Crowns Made From?

Crown materials play a crucial role in the durability and aesthetics of your restoration.

At Auckland Family Dental, we prioritize the use of Ceramic and/or Porcelain for our crowns.
Additionally, for enhanced strength and aesthetics, we also offer zirconia crowns. Here's why:

Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia crowns combine exceptional strength with a natural appearance. These crowns are known for their durability and resistance to wear, making them an excellent choice for long-lasting dental restorations.

Natural Tooth Color Match

Ceramic and/or Porcelain dental crowns closely match the natural color of your teeth, allowing us to seamlessly place them anywhere in your mouth without compromising your beautiful smile.

Your Guide to Dental Crowns: What to Expect

At a dental crown appointment, you can expect the following process:

1. Tooth Reshaping: Your existing tooth is expertly reshaped, with any decay or broken sections carefully removed to prepare it for a crown.

2. Crown Options: You have two crown options to choose from, each tailored to your preferences and needs:

One-Visit Crowns (CEREC Crowns)

We use cutting-edge CAD-CAM technology to create your crown in-house. Our advanced process involves scanning and rendering a precise 3D image of your tooth.

We then digitally design your crown, mill it on-site, and finally, refine it in our furnace. The entire procedure is completed in just 2 hours, allowing you to walk away with a beautiful, fully functional tooth on the same day.

Lab-Made Crowns

Alternatively, we can create a custom-made crown for your tooth through our Dental Laboratory. This process involves taking an impression of your tooth, which is then sent to our lab for crafting. While this option may take a few days, it offers its own set of advantages and requires a second appointment for fitting.

Payment Plans

Explore your payment plan options below or reach out to our friendly team for more information. We also have received 5-star reviews on Google, which is a testament to our quality service.

Interest-Free Payment Plan Options:

  • Q Card or Q Mastercard: Ideal for treatments over $500, offering 18 months of interest-free payments. This allows you to receive the necessary treatment without an immediate financial burden.

  • Zip Interest-Free: If your treatment costs are under $800, Zip is an excellent choice. You can spread the cost over 4 fortnightly payments with no interest or additional fees.

  • WINZ Support: For those with limited income or receiving benefits, Work and Income (WINZ) can provide financial support for dental treatment. We offer quotes for you to take to WINZ, and once your treatment cost is covered, we can begin the treatment, typically within 2-3 days.

Don't let financial worries hold you back from maintaining your oral health.

Have Questions?

Have Questions?

Whether you choose CEREC crowns or different crown material, our team will provide quality dental services to help you achieve the smile you deserve.

Book an appointment now.

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