Dental Crowns

Weak, broken, or decayed teeth can affect your appearance and compromise your oral health.

Dental crowns are custom, tooth-shaped caps that fit over the entire tooth structure, adding strength and protection.

Learn how Dr. David Babb can place a high-quality, porcelain crown in a single visit at our Beaufort, SC, practice.

When Is a Dental Crown Necessary?

There may be several reasons why the dentist at our Beaufort office recommends a dental crown. These custom restorations can be used to address many different cosmetic and oral health conditions.

Broken Tooth

Breaks or cracks in a tooth can compromise your oral health. A crown can restore a tooth to its original size and shape.

Decayed Tooth

Sometimes a cavity is too large to be repaired with a dental filling. A crown covers your tooth to address a large area of decay.

Root Canal Therapy

Weak Tooth

A tooth that has been severely weakened by trauma may require a dental crown for optimal strength and durability.

Cosmetic Imperfections

Dental crowns can be used to conceal teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored, misshapen, or out of alignment.

Dental Implant Restoration

If you are replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant, your implant will be restored with a custom dental crown.

The Benefits

Metal Free Cosmetic Crowns

When you choose David P. Babb DMD for your dental crown you can….

Have Lasting Benefits

At David P. Babb DMD in Beaufort SC. We use the highest quality life like dental materials for our dental crowns. If proper care is taken, a dental crown can last up to 10 years before it needs to be replaced.

Experience Natural Looking Results

Dr. Babb will will go to great lengths to specially match the natural shade of your smile so that it blends in for a natural-looking appearance and fit.

Tooth Preservation

A dental crown can restore a damaged tooth to normal function so that you can chew and eat comfortably again. It covers the natural portion of the tooth with a cap preserving its structure and reinforce the tooth. 

Dental Crowns Can Repair Your Teeth

Restore and Protect

Dental crowns can reinforce damaged teeth that cannot be repaired with fillings or porcelain inlays and onlays.

Durable and Reliable

Dr. Babb uses medical-grade porcelain and ceramics, such as lithium disilicate, to ensure maximum strength.

Natural-Looking Results

Advanced porcelain materials mimic the translucency of natural tooth enamel, delivering truly lifelike results.

How Common Are Dental Crowns?

According to the American Academy of implant dentistry, 15 million Americans have crowns or bridges to replace missing teeth, making this a fairly common procedure.

There are many reasons why you might need a crown, ranging from tooth breakage to tooth loss. Naturally, it makes sense that dental crown placement is so common.

When you choose our office, you won’t have to wait for your new restoration, thanks to our CEREC® same-day crown machine. Meet our skilled dentist, Dr. Babb, to see why crowns are such an effective solution.

A dental crowns being made

Request An Appointment

If you have teeth that are damaged due to decay or trauma, request a consultation with Dr. Babb. He is a highly skilled and experienced dentist who has undergone advanced training at the Pankey Institute and Dawson Academy – two world-renowned educational institutions.

At our Beaufort, SC, practice, we believe that patients are an integral aspect of the planning process. We take time to discuss all options with you in detail, then create a fully personalized treatment plan based on your unique oral health needs. Contact us online for all your dentistry needs. You can also call our office at:

David Babb, DMD, FICOI

Need Help Now?

A broken or painful tooth may be a dental emergency. If you’ve broken a tooth, lost a crown, or you’re having functional troubles, you should contact our Beaufort office for immediate care. Dr. Babb and our dental team can try to make time for you, so you don’t have to wait for help.

Beaufort, SC, Patients

Dr. Babb and his team are absolutely wonderful. The day before a very big interview for me, my crown broke. Dr. Babb graciously made me an appointment before regular business hours due to his full schedule. With such short notice, the exact way my tooth broke required ingenuity, creativity, and innovative expertise, all of which Dr. Babb has an abundance of.
I broke a cap recently and did not have a local dentist. I chose Beaufort River based on their 5 star reviews. They scheduled me for a consultation within 24 hours, but once in the chair Dr. Babb decided to proceed with the replacement. Two hours, start to finish with an exact match on the front cap. Amazing. So was the staff. And he caught some potential issues as well. I’ve found my local dentist.


Same-Day Dental Crowns Are More Convenient

Hand prepping dental crown in CEREC machine

Traditional crowns can require multiple visits to the dental office, but our dentist utilizes state-of-the-art CEREC technology so our patients can receive a crown in one appointment. Not only does this offer better convenience, but it also eliminates the need for a temporary crown, which can add time and cost to your dentistry treatment.

Procedure Timeline: What to Expect

First, Dr. Babb will evaluate your smile and goals and confirm that a dental crown is the best solution. In addition to a visual examination, he will take X-rays of the tooth to determine the extent of the damage.

Next, any decayed or damaged portions of the tooth will be removed. The tooth will also be shaped to accommodate your dental crown, a process that requires the removal of some enamel. Dr. Babb uses conservative techniques to preserve as much tooth structure as possible.

Once the tooth has been prepped, we will take impressions. We usually take digital impressions as they are more comfortable. The images of your tooth will then be sent to our computer.

Dr. Babb will design your new crown according to the unique structure of your tooth. The design will then be sent to our in-office milling unit, which carves your dental crown from a solid block of medical-grade ceramic.

Once the fabrication process is complete, Dr. Babb will assess the fit, color, and look of your new crown. Next, he will bond it into place using high-quality dental cement. There is no need for a temporary crown. You will walk out of our office with a new permanent restoration.

What if I Don't Qualify


It’s rare, but your dentist may need to send your case off to a trusted dental lab. In these cases, it will take two office visits to complete your crown treatment. Don’t worry, relief is still on the way. Your treatment process will look slightly different if you don’t qualify for a same-day crown, but rest assured, you will leave our office with your tooth protected. A temporary crown will be placed in the meantime, so you don’t have to go another day without restored function.

This temporary crown will help protect your tooth while chewing and prepare the gums until the lab fabricates your permanent porcelain restoration.

Seek Treatment Immediately


Our team is proud to offer emergency services to patients who are experiencing problems like tooth decay or intense pain from an infected root canal. In cases such as these, we can provide you with treatment to remove any decayed tissue or infection from your tooth and create a porcelain crown to strengthen and protect your tooth.

Time is of the essence, but our Beaufort dental team offers immediate help in the form of same-day crowns to patients who qualify.

Find relief quickly. Contact our friendly dentistry office with our form.

Our dentist isn’t here to judge; he’s here to make you feel better. From fully explaining how same-day crowns are crafted to keeping you calm with sedation dentistry, we’ll help you feel in control.


David Babb, DMD, FICOI

Maintaining Your New Dental Crown

On average, dental crowns last between five and 15 years. To prolong the life of your restoration and keep your mouth healthy, follow the guidelines recommended by our Beaufort, SC, dental team.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

While a crown cannot decay, the tooth structure underneath can so it is important to brush twice a day and floss daily. Without proper oral hygiene, you will place yourself at a higher risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and crown fail

Man with Good oral Hygiene
Mouth Guard for dental protection

Protect Your Smile

If you play contact sports, wear a mouthguard during games and practices to protect your smile. You should also consider wearing a custom night guard while you sleep, particularly if you suffer from bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding. 

Avoid Bad Habits

Never, ever use your teeth (or your dental crowns) to open packages or tear tags off of clothing. Other bad habits, such as biting your nails or chewing on ice, should also be avoided. This will help prevent damage and keep your smile healthy.

Man with bad dental habits

Visit Your Dentist

To ensure that your crown stays in tip-top condition, visit your Beaufort, SC, dentist on a routine basis. Regular exams can help your dentist detect problems before they start, and cleanings will help reduce harmful cavity-causing plaque.

Paying for Your Durable Crown

There are several ways that patients can cover the cost of their new porcelain or ceramic crown. They include:

Dental Insurance

Insurance may cover at least a portion of the cost of your crown if it is necessary for your tooth’s health and function, such as when it’s a part of root canal therapy.

CareCredit Financing

You shouldn’t have to stress about the price of healthy teeth. Our Beaufort office accepts CareCredit® financing, which allows you to pay for your treatment over time.

Cash and Credit

We accept major credit cards, like Visa, as well as cash payments, for any charges not paid for by dental insurance. Contact us for more details.

Beaufort, SC, Visits Us

For Beautiful, Healthy Teeth

“Dr. Babb is a highly skilled dentist, who is trained in all the latest methods and technologies. He has a wonderful, talented staff assisting him. Both he and his staff are very friendly but also highly professional. All the equipment is the latest, including one that can tailor a permanent crown for you during your first appointment concerning this: no more getting a temporary crown at your first appointment and then waiting a couple weeks before you are fitted with your permanent crown at a second appointment. My wife and I trust Dr. Babb and feel very fortunate to have him and his team providing our primary dental care.”

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