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At Charleston Center for Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry, we know it can be difficult for patients to fit dental appointments into their busy schedules. Dedicated to providing outstanding and convenient dentistry, Dr. John Rink is proud to offer same-day crowns at his Charleston practice. Using our advanced CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology, we can fabricate incredibly natural-looking crowns while you wait in our office.

What are dental crowns?

For centuries, patients have relied upon dental crowns to provide damaged teeth with much-needed support. After decay and damage have been removed from the tooth, a dental crown is fitted like a cap over the remaining healthy tooth structure. 

With recent advancements in dental technology, today’s crowns are more lifelike in look and feel than ever before, and can blend in beautifully with your natural teeth. Very often, a dental crown is the final step in a root canal treatment. Other times, crowns are used to anchor a dental bridge, or to conceal conspicuous aesthetic imperfections.

What are CEREC same-day crowns?

Traditionally, crowns are crafted at an off-site laboratory using wax-based impressions and pictures of your teeth. This method requires two office visits over the course of two to three weeks. With our innovative CEREC technology, Dr. Rink can fabricate and place a crown in a single, easy appointment.

During this procedure, Dr. Rink will take digital images of your treated tooth. These images are then transmitted directly into a chairside computer that uses sophisticated software to create a detailed, three-dimensional map of your tooth.

This information is used to guide the milling machine, which will use diamond-tipped tools to create the crown from a single block of porcelain.

This technology can fabricate top-quality crowns that restore your oral function, match the shade and contours of your surrounding teeth, and complement your facial features. The entire process takes about an hour. While you wait, you can simply relax in our office. When the crown is ready, Dr. Rink will ensure it fits properly, and then attach it securely to your tooth. At this time, he can make any fine adjustments needed to achieve a balanced and comfortable bite.

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What are the benefits of same-day crowns?

CEREC crowns boast a number of advantages over traditional crowns. Thanks to this advanced technology, you will not have to worry about scheduling return visits to our office, or wearing a temporary restoration between appointments. 

CEREC crowns are also formed from dental-grade porcelain that has a translucent appearance and attractive sheen much like natural enamel. Additionally, these innovative crowns are extremely strong and durable, and with the right care, they can last for many years to come.

Why choose Dr. Rink at the Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry?

Dr. Rink offers a rare patient experience that is both comforting and soothing, replete with a variety of amenities such as warm scented towels, essential oils, noise cancelling headphones, and the opportunity to watch 3-D movies during treatment. He is finely attuned to his patients’ needs and wishes, and works hard to establish trust and rapport for a successful aesthetic outcome. Dr. Rink’s focus on obtaining the most innovative and advanced technology on the market expedites treatment times and enhances patient well-being. 

Dr. Rank is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also a member of the Charleston Dental Society, The Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Dental Association.

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To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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