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Where’s Your Happy Place?


IV sedationCrown Council dentists make it our business not only to provide patients with the expert restorative, cosmetic, and general dental care they need, but to help them feel comfortable in the process. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how little pain they experience (if any) getting dental treatments done by their Crown Council dentists.

Many times, the nerves pick up before treatment has even started. If you find yourself anxious about upcoming treatment, try this strategy: Go to your happy place.

It may be a hammock on the beach at sunset. It may be lying in your comfortable bed with a good book. Maybe your happy place is up on a tall mountain, looking out at a beautiful view after a great hike. Try closing your eyes and picturing yourself there.

This mental strategy can help dental patients remain calm and remember that the treatment they are receiving—whether it’s dental implants to restore a missing tooth, teeth whitening to brighten up your smile, or a thorough cleaning to keep up on oral hygiene—will lead to better oral health and a happier you.

Of course, you don’t have to do it alone. If you struggle with dental anxiety, many Crown Council dentists have several options for sedation to help ease those nerves and diminish pain. Ask your Crown Council dentist about oral analgesics, nitrous oxide, conscious sedation, or IV sedation.

You don’t need to be nervous or afraid. We want all of our Crown Council dentists’ patients to have a positive experience, so please ask your dentist about sedation options, relaxation techniques, and strategies to help you remain calm and enjoy your time with us.

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An Association of Independent Dental Practices
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Eating Right—For Your Teeth


gum diseaseNo doubt you’ve heard that eating too much dessert can expand your waistline. You know that certain kinds of substances are addictive. And it’s no secret that too much cholesterol can cause heart issues. But did you know that certain foods have an effect on your teeth? Here’s a quick list of foods to avoid and those to include in your diet, for the health of your good old teeth.

Pickles. What makes a cucumber into a pickle? Vinegar, which is full of acid — which is harmful to your teeth’s enamel. In a 2014 study, eating pickles more than once a day was associated with an 85% increase in tooth wear. So it’s okay to enjoy these snacks once in a while; just don’t overdo it.

Sticky candy. If you have to chew for a long time, and if you literally can feel the candy sticking to your teeth, you can guess it’s probably not great for you. Chewy candies like taffy and caramels stick to teeth for a long time, giving the bacteria in your mouth a chance to digest the sugar and turn it into acid. Acid then bores holes into your enamel, causing cavities.

Wine. If you’ve ever spilled a glass of red wine on a white tablecloth, imagine a similar effect on your white teeth. Red wine causes staining and darkening of teeth. But even white wine can stain your teeth. Why? The erosive acid in any kind of wine allows stains from other food and drink to penetrate deeper into your teeth.

So we’ve established a couple of foods that aren’t amazing for your teeth. But there are some foods that not only can prevent problems, but they can also even reverse some of the ill effects of the aforementioned foods. Pretty great, right?

Leafy vegetables. These and other high-fiber foods are not only great for your body — they’re great for your teeth, too. The extra time it takes to chew these foods creates extra saliva, which helps wash your teeth clean and gets rid of food particles stuck to your teeth.

Water. Drink your H2O and find that the liquid helps rinse away sugars and acid from your teeth. Not to mention most water has naturally occurring fluoride, which strengthens enamel. So if you have a glass of red wine at dinner, wash it down with a few mouthfuls of water.

Sugar-free gum. This is a great choice to chew after meals, because it generates saliva to help clean out your mouth. Many sugarless gums also contain an artificial sweetener called xylitol, which reduces bacteria and helps enamel remineralize.

At Crown Council, we hope this list has helped you gain a greater appreciation for some of the foods you are already eating and how they are helping your oral health. If you have dental concerns including cracked teeth, stained teeth, misshapen teeth, or even if you are just in need of a thorough cleaning, we hope you’ll consider your local Crown Council dentist to serve you with exceptional general and cosmetic dental services.

Information was used from “Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth,” accessed 02/13/2015. <http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20687551,00.html>


Avoiding Bone Loss with Dental Implants


dental implant dentistTooth loss can happen for any number of reasons – trauma or injury, periodontal disease, decay – and sometimes the permanent teeth never even develop; this condition is called congenital absence.

Sometimes a missing tooth calls for immediate action. For instance, if you’ve had a front tooth knocked out playing soccer, you cannot stop seeing the gap in the mirror and feeling self-conscious. But what if the tooth is in the back of your mouth and not easy to see? Is there still a need to replace the tooth?

Well, let’s talk about what happens when a tooth is lost. Under the surface of your gums, each tooth is surrounded by an alveolar bone, which helps support the tooth and keep it strong and in place. When the tooth is lost, this bone atrophies, and bone loss occurs. This is why people who have been longtime denture wearers can have a sunken in appearance to their mouths. Not only can you lose bone, but your teeth can also shift around in your mouth and you can experience bite problems and jaw pain.

The good news is that bone loss doesn’t have to be the result of tooth loss. Modern dental implant technology can restore your smile—whether you are missing a single tooth or many.

Dental implants have over a 95% success rate, are as strong as natural teeth, are easy to brush and floss, and can last for the rest of your life. They can also be used to stabilize a denture or a bridge, increasing both utility and comfort.

It’s easy to set up a consultation to discuss the pros and cons of getting dental implants. Just use our search tool to contact a friendly and knowledgeable Crown Council dental implants specialist in your area, and they can set you up with an informative dental implants consultation at your convenience.

It is important to note that the fastest bone loss occurs in the first six months after a tooth is lost, so if you think you may require a dental implant, don’t delay – contact your Crown Council dental implants dentist today!


Give Your Smile a Boost with Cosmetic Dentistry


esthetic dentistHave you seen some of the beautiful smiles in the media these days? Perfect, straight, white teeth. Smiles that dazzle. Teeth that are in correct proportion to one another. Smiles that make entire faces glow.

How do they do it? We’ll let you in on a little secret. Very few people—even famous ones—are born with perfect smiles. And yet that gorgeous smile you desire is within reach with cosmetic dentistry at your local Crown Council cosmetic dentist.

Our exceptionally skilled and experienced Crown Council cosmetic dentists perform dental miracles every day.

So what could you use to give your smile a boost? Crown Council cosmetic dentists offer solutions to discolored teeth, too-small teeth, misshapen teeth, missing teeth, cracked teeth – you name it, we solve it!

Consider prepless veneers for a quick improvement to your smile without removing any of your tooth’s enamel. Think about teeth whitening for dull or stained teeth. Ask us about porcelain crowns for too-small or damaged teeth. Crown Council cosmetic dentists also offer porcelain veneers to correct the shape, alignment, color, and contours of your smile.

If your teeth are simply in need of a good cleaning and a thorough examination, our experienced dental hygienists can help you. If you experience tooth pain or sensitivity, we can offer you a solution.

Use the tool on this page to find a Crown Council dentist located conveniently near you. Whatever your dental concern, a quick consultation with your Crown Council cosmetic dentist will get you on track to the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.


Have Your Cake and Eat It, too


preventative dentistryWhat’s your favorite food? Is it a big, juicy steak? A decadent piece of dark chocolate? Maybe you like to go big and sweet with desserts like Devil’s food cake or lemon meringue pie.

If you have been dealing with a broken, cracked, painful, or missing tooth for a while now, it’s likely that you’re used to eating on only one side of your mouth or finding other ways to deal with your injury. Many dental patients also suffer from tooth sensitivity that makes eating sweet, cold, or hot foods almost impossible.

Do you skip on dessert because the sweetness would hurt a sensitive tooth? Do you swear off candy or hard nuts because your teeth can’t handle it? While we at Crown Council are champions of the importance of eating a healthy diet—both for your mouth and the rest of your body—we still think it’s great to indulge once in a while.

Are you missing out on eating your favorite foods because of your teeth? Crown Council has outstanding news for you: You can have your cake and eat it too!

Just use our Crown Council dentist locator to find a Crown Council dentist in your area and schedule a consultation. Your dentist will give you a thorough examination and determine just the right treatment going forward. No matter how complicated your case, your Crown Council dentist can take excellent care of you.
Don’t wait another minute to take care of your oral health. Call your local Crown Council dentist. You can find out more about Crown Council at http://crowncouncil.com/why-choose-a-crown-council-dentist/.

And don’t forget, with the occasional sweet indulgence, to always brush and floss daily. We know we can’t convince you to avoid sugar altogether, but the bad effects of sugar on your teeth can be helped by sipping on some water or even chewing sugar-free gum after a meal.

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An Association of Independent Dental Practices

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The Miracle of Veneers


porcelain veneersAre you one of many men and women who are living with dental problems? Maybe you have teeth that are cracked, chipped, worn, yellow, or otherwise damaged. If this sounds familiar to you, then you know that sometimes a perfect smile seems like a distant dream.

At Crown Council, our dentists have vast experience practicing cosmetic dentistry, and we’ve learned a thing or two about the obstacles that can stand in the way of fixing dental issues. Not all procedures are right for everyone. And sometimes the price and healing times for procedures can make the decision hard to make.

Of course, if you are missing teeth, a dental implant is almost always worth it. Not only will it boost your self-esteem and get rid of the unsightly gap in your smile, but it will also prevent jaw bone loss down the line – and trust us, you want to avoid that.

But for those folks who have their teeth, but they’re not in great shape, dental work can seem too much of an investment—both in time and money. But not anymore!

Veneers are truly a modern dental miracle. You can literally walk out of your local Crown Council cosmetic dental office with a perfect smile. Imagine that!

Veneers are often a less expensive option than crowns or dental implants, and the results are truly astounding. Just ask your Crown Council dentist to see some before and after photos of real patients.
So what is a veneer?

Dental veneers are custom-made, paper-thin shells of porcelain that are cemented onto the fronts of teeth to drastically change the appearance of your smile. They can be finished in a few weeks and, once placed, they literally require no recovery time. You can stop by, get a brand new smile, and head back to work (or anywhere you can show off your sparkling new teeth!). They are long-lasting with proper dental hygiene, and they look and feel like natural teeth.

If you want the miracle of a new, perfect smile, contacting your local Crown Council dentist should be your first choice. We take pride in the quality and excellence of service offered by our members.