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Strategies to Keep Your Cool During Dental Treatment


dentist-shining-smileCrown Council dentists do their best to provide patients with the best in restorative, cosmetic, and general dental care. They not only want to provide patients with the care they need, but they want patients to feel comfortable while they are receiving treatment. Most patients are surprised by just how little pain or discomfort is involved when they are receiving dental treatments done by their Crown Council dentists.

Many times, patients’ nerves have already kicked in before they are anywhere near the dentist office. If you are one of these anxious patients, try some visualization and picture yourself in a very pleasant spot. Try closing your eyes and picturing yourself there, whether it’s on the beach or on a mountain—or anywhere that makes you feel good.

This is a great mental strategy to help dental patients stay calm. They also need to keep in mind that their treatment—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—is going to lead them to better oral health.

If you are like many and 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 have to suffer through dental anxiety. 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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Dental Implants: Something To Sink Your Teeth Into


Types of Dental ImplantsHello, dental devotees! Today in the Crown Council dental blog we get to talk about something really exciting: sharks! Shark teeth have been a subject of fascination for centuries.

Did you know that sharks lose an average of one tooth per week? But never fear: in a shark’s lifetime, it will literally grow thousands of new teeth, constantly replacing old ones. A shark can have hundreds of teeth (the famous great white shark has up to 300), arranged in several rows.

We poor human folk only get two sets of teeth – our baby teeth, or primary teeth; and our permanent teeth. Permanent teeth begin to replace primary teeth around age 6, and the last of the permanent teeth are the wisdom teeth, which tend to erupt in late adolescence to early adulthood.

What does that mean for you when you lose a permanent tooth due to accident, injury, or decay? Do you have to live with an open gap in your smile?

We’re lucky to live in a time when dental procedures to replace missing teeth are better than ever before. Search for a Crown Council dental implants dentist near you to discuss getting a dental implant.

Dental implants have advanced dramatically over the years. This highly successful procedure is done regularly by dentists and prosthodontists, and it has over a 95% success rate. Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth, and they feel, look, and perform just like natural teeth. They are strong and easy to maintain. You can even use dental implants to anchor a bridge or a denture.

With a dental implant, no one will even know you lost a tooth – and you might forget, yourself!

Contact your Crown Council dentist today to discuss whether getting a dental implant or implant-anchored dentures is right for you.

So sink your teeth into something new – consider a dental implant at your Crown Council dentist.

Learn more about dental implants and choosing an implants dentist at http://crowncouncil.com/why-visit-a-dental-implants-dentist.

 

Information was used from the following website: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/.


What Can Veneers Do for You?


porcelain veneersIf you are one of the many people who are unhappy with their smile, you might be surprised to learn that you have options to fix teeth that are cracked, chipped, worn, yellow, or otherwise damaged.

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.


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>


Who Is A Candidate For Dental Implants?


dental implant dentistMany savvy dental patients who are missing a tooth would like to learn more about how dental implants can help restore their smile. While implant dentistry is a great solution in many cases, there are some factors that may disqualify you from being able to receive an implant.

Age: If you are a child or teenager, your bones (including your jawbone) are still growing, so placing a permanent post in your jawbone is not advisable until you are older.

Pregnancy: If you are currently pregnant, your Crown Council dental implants dentist will most likely recommend waiting to receive a dental implant until after the baby is born.

Smoking: The rate of success for a dental implant is considerably lower for smokers than for non-smokers.

Disease: Chronic diseases like hemophilia, uncontrolled diabetes, and significant immune deficiencies could put you at risk if you undergo dental implant placement. You may still be a candidate if you have one of these conditions. Your Crown Council dentist can assess your individual case and let you know.

The most effective way to learn whether or not you would be a good dental implant candidate is to contact a dental implants specialist near you (use our handy tool to find a Crown Council dentist), and schedule a consultation. Our dentists have the knowledge and experience to assess your oral health needs and help you find the best solution for restoring your beautiful smile.


Laugh Away with Cosmetic Dentistry


cosmetic dentistryBenjamin Franklin once quipped the following:

“She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.”

It’s true that people who are confident in their smiles are more likely to smile, laugh, and even talk—because they aren’t afraid that others will notice their teeth.

We at Crown Council find that our patients feel self-conscious about several different dental issues. The most common ones tend to be yellow or grey teeth, crooked teeth, missing teeth, and misshapen teeth. It is incredibly gratifying when our patients walk out of their Crown Council dentist’s office with the smiles they have wished for for years!

If you deal with discolored teeth, most Crown Council dentists offer teeth whitening right their comfortable offices. Some tooth stains are too aggressive for teeth whitening to completely remove, and in these cases porcelain veneers can be the answer. No matter the stain, we have the solution.

Nobody has to live with missing teeth. With bridges, crowns, and dental implants, you can have full chewing ability restored and avoid the embarrassment of that gap in your smile.

Crooked teeth can be fixed in a variety of ways. If teeth are only superficially misaligned, porcelain veneers can give you the perfect, white, straight smile you’ve longed for. If teeth need further straightening, your Crown Council cosmetic or general dentist can refer you to an excellent orthodontist for treatment.

Sometimes the shape of teeth makes our patients self-conscious. If your teeth are too small, too large, or have been broken or chipped, you can still have the smile you desire! Crowns, veneers, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can remedy any of these maladies.

We hope this article gives you an idea of the vast capabilities cosmetic dentistry offers to restore and revitalize your smile. If you feel that your smile needs some rejuvenation, contact your local Crown Council dentist to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. We can analyze your smile and help create an all-encompassing plan to restore your smile’s va va voom!