The experts at Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry implement the latest technology, including CEREC. Using this state-of-the-art imaging system, they can design and place same-day crowns at their Sumter, SC, practice. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations, made to match your natural teeth. In a matter of minutes, our CEREC machine can carve out a naturally colored crown, based on digital impressions of your tooth. Dr. Thaddeus H. Vincent, Jr., Dr. David M. Van Patten, and Dr. William T. “Buddy” Noonan, Jr. have years of experience in restorative treatment. With their outstanding care, you could enjoy a beautiful smile and dramatically improved oral health in just a few hours.

Are You a Candidate for a Same-Day Crown?

Dental crowns can have many different functions. Our dentists primarily recommend crowns for restorative reasons, such as:

  • A large cavity that has damaged most of your tooth
  • A cracked tooth, as long as the crack has not spread to your dental root
  • A seriously weakened tooth
  • A worn tooth that offsets the force of your bite
  • A dental infection, requiring root canal therapy
  • Missing teeth, since crowns can top dental implants and uphold dental bridges

Rarely, we may suggest a crown for cosmetic purposes. For example, this type of restoration can be a good option if you have an unusually shaped or proportionately small tooth. A crown may also be appropriate if you have dark internal stains that you cannot address with standard teeth whitening.

How Do We Place Same-day Crowns?

Before placing a crown, your dentist will need to prepare your tooth. After numbing the area, he will remove a small amount of dental tissue. Through this process, he will reshape your tooth, making room for the porcelain restoration. He will also create a stronger, more secure base for your crown. When he is finished, he will use our CEREC scanner to take 3-D impressions of your tooth. Manipulating these images on an exam room computer, he can design your restoration as you watch. As he works, he will explain the entire process, so you will be an active participant in your care.

Illustration demonstrating crown placement

The designs will be uploaded to our in-office milling machine, which will fabricate your crown from ultramodern porcelain. This strong, durable material will be selected to match the color of your teeth. Plus, it will have a realistic shine to blend in with your smile. The total fabrication process will typically take about an hour. Once the crown is finished, your dentist will firmly attach it to your tooth using dental cement.

The Benefits of Same-day Restorations

Dental crowns, both traditional and same-day, can have enormous benefits. First, if you have severe dental damage, a crown can restore your ability to bite and chew. Through the placement process, your dentist will also remove any bacteria and damaged tissue to restore health to the tooth. The crown will seal and strengthen your tooth to prevent additional damage in the future. The cosmetic effects are equally impressive. Your restoration can make your smile look noticeably younger and healthier.

With same-day crowns, you could enjoy a beautiful smile and dramatically improved oral health in just a few hours.

While all tooth-colored crowns offer these benefits, CEREC restorations provide additional advantages. Most obviously, your treatment will be completed much more quickly. You will not have the inconvenience of multiple trips to our office, and you will not have to wear a temporary crown. Finally, thanks to the advanced materials, CEREC crowns are designed to have an extremely lifelike appearance, as well. 

Restore Your Smile in One Visit

You can learn more about whether a same-day dental crown is right for you during a consultation. Contact Palmetto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today and schedule an appointment.