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Passion for the Profession: Crown Council Dentists

Choosing a new dentist to provide dental care for you and the members of your family can be a daunting task. You want to be certain you find someone who knows what he or she is doing, of course: someone who keeps up with the latest trends and developments in the field, and someone you’ll be comfortable with as sharp instruments go into your mouth.

And then there are practical considerations, like whether the dentist accepts your insurance, or provides referrals to specialists.

You can make your decision with confidence anytime you select a dentist who is an active member of the Crown Council, an association of independent dental practices committed to excellence in their profession. That means staying up-to-date with the latest in procedures and technology.

Above all, Crown Council member practices are committed to providing the best possible dental health care. Dr. David Montz, a member practicing in Pearland, Texas, says he and everyone in his office want what is best for each patient.

“I think the passion from the people who work here, the team we have, makes this a great place to be for us, as a team, and for our patients,” he said.

Crown Council members are also committed to serving their communities. Each year, hundreds of member practices take part in Smiles for Life to raise money for needy children in their communities and around the world. The 2018 edition runs through June.

Smiles for Life is the children’s charity of the Crown Council. 100% of the money raised goes to its Foundation.

Crown Council member dentists specialize in all areas, from cosmetic to sedation dentistry, to general and family dentistry. No matter what type of dentist you need, you can rest easy by choosing a Crown Council member dentist.

Crown Council Dentists: Continuing Education

Crown Council dentists are committed to excellence, and a big part of that commitment is continuing their educations.

Continuing education is critical to success in dentistry. The field is constantly advancing, and it’s essential to be up-to-date with the latest developments in technology, treatment, and preventive care.

“It is my belief that, as health care professionals, we are obligated to remain current in our knowledge and skills,” said Dr. Wayne Kerr. “Investing in continuing education throughout your career is the key to both professional and personal success.”

With continuing education, dental professionals are not only knowledgeable about new developments in their discipline. They also continue to refine techniques, and become masters in specific areas, such as:

  • Dental Implants
  • Oral surgery
  • Sedation dentistry
  • Malocclusion
  • Restorations

Perhaps most important, by continuing their dental educations, Crown Council dentists are able to provide their patients with the best possible care.

The world of dentistry has always been one of change, and it always will be. As a group, Crown Council dentists practice in all areas, from cosmetic dentistry to general and family dentistry. The commitment to continuing their educations as health care professionals is one of the constants that defines them. By choosing a Crown Council dentist, you can always be confident you’ve made the right choice.


Quote: The Value of Continuing Education

How To Choose a Dentist

Maybe you’re new in town, or maybe you just need a change. There are any number of reasons why you might be in the market for a new dentist.

What do you want from a new dentist? More than someone who will check you for any new cavities, and clean your teeth twice a year. It’s important to feel good about the dentist you entrust with your teeth. “Your dental health is such a vital part of your overall health,” says Dr. Cathy Taylor-Osborne, an ADA dentist based in Kansas. “It’s important for every patient to have a dental home.”

Some important considerations:

  • Convenience. One of the first things to find out about a practice you’re considering is, do their office hours fit your schedule? More and more practices have extended hours: into the evening, and on weekends. These are great for people with busy lives (which is just about everyone) and for dental emergencies.
  • Insurance. Your selection of a dentist may come down to whether the practice is in your network. Some plans, for example, limit your choices to members of an HMO network.
  • Accessibility. Where is the practice located? A dentist who is a short drive from home is great. On the other hand, doctor-patient communication is essential. It may be worth a longer drive if you feel a rapport with a dentist.
  • Crown Council. Is the dentist a member of the Crown Council? Member dentists offer a host of specialties, and are passionately committed to excellence. They are also dedicated to continuing education, to charitable dentistry, and to being active and engaged members of the communities they serve.

Your dental health is critical to your overall health, and the dentist you choose becomes an essential part of your health care team. As you weigh your options, remember you want a dentist you can turn to with confidence for all of your health issues.

Dr. Taylor-Osborne quote:

What Pain Is Telling Your Body

what pain is telling your bodyWhen something isn’t quite right, your body has a way of alerting you by giving you painPain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong!

And if you’ve ever felt the sharp pain or the dull throbbing of a toothache, you know that tooth pain can be hard to ignore–and it isn’t normal. But if you search the country and get 100 toothache sufferers together, you might get 100 different stories about how, where, and even when the pain starts.

Some toothaches get worse at night. Some can be exacerbated by traveling on an airplane. Some are aggravated by eating certain types of foods or just by chewing. A lot of toothaches are made worse by extreme temperatures or hard foods. (Ever made the mistake of chewing on ice with a toothache? Ouch!)

Because toothaches can be caused by so many factors, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment for this common problem.

Your Crown Council dentist can find the right treatment for your ache. Whether it’s a constant soreness or an occasional pang, a slight discomfort or a cause of serious misery, we have the solution for you.

Some toothaches respond to over-the-counter pain medication. Others are a sign of a more serious issue, like a cavity or even a cracked tooth. Your Crown Council dentist will be able to get to the root of the problem and develop a treatment plan.

So, are your teeth trying to tell you something? Why don’t you call your Crown Council dentist and open those lines of communication?

When your teeth talk, listen!

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Family Dentistry Is The Key

Family Dentistry Is The KeyBy bringing your entire family to the dentist, you can give your children the great start to a healthy smile they need. However, don’t forget about yourself and your spouse. Losing teeth to decay or periodontitis (gum disease) is not normal if you are taking care of your teeth properly. This means tooth loss can be prevented, but it takes a life time of proper oral hygiene habits and dental visits. So you may be asking yourself why is it so important to visit your family dentist frequently. Here is a list to explain why:

X-rays: Your dentist will take periodic x-rays of your teeth to ensure that there isn’t any decay happening in the unseen areas, such as between the teeth. This will also allow your doctor to detect anything unusual.

Cancer Screenings: Although it is unlikely to have oral cancer (especially if you don’t drink or smoke), it can still happen and can be very deadly if not caught early. Your doctor knows what to look for and can alert you to potential malignancies.

Sealants and Flouride: Did you know that there have been many studies on dental sealants for children proving that sealants greatly decrease childhood decay? Sealants are a thin layer or resin that is placed in the pits of your child’s molars to prevent bacteria from settling there and creating cavities. Flouride is another substance that has been studied greatly and has also greatly decreased cavity occurrence substantially. A twice-yearly fluoride varnish is a great way to prevent cavities and expensive fillings for your child.

Prevention: Your dentist has a lot of knowledge about what can cause dental issues down the road. By visiting frequently they can help you prevent problems or fix them early before they become more expensive and painful to manage. So don’t put off your dental appointment and make sure you’ve seen your dentist at least once in the past 8 months.