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Lost Your Temporary Crown?

May 19th, 2018

Oh no!  It's Monday morning, you're on the way out the door, but before you leave you decide to grab a quick snack.  You reach for that leftover bagel on the counter top, begin chewing and the next thing you know, something feels different in your mouth.  Your tongue scans around everywhere and it's then that you (and your tongue) notice that the tooth you recently had dental work on feels different.  You feel something hard in your mouth and spit it out...it's the temporary crown!  What should you do next?

Losing or breaking a temporary crown is unfortunately something that can happen during the period of time between the crown preparation appointment and the crown cementation appointment.  The temporary crown is formed with a temporary material and is cemented with a temporary cement.  The reason being, that when you return to the office for your permanent crown fitting and cementation, we would ideally like to remove the temporary crown with ease, by either gentle pulling it off, or cutting it off.  There is a fine line between having a temporary crown that stays on between visits and having a temporary crown that is then easy to remove in order to fit the permanent crown.

If your temporary crown comes off, first assess if you are having any pain.  If your tooth has had a root canal prior to the crown, you likely will not feel much at all, since the tooth no longer has a nerve.  If your tooth has not had a root canal, you may experience some or no sensitivity, especially to hot, cold or air.  Second, try to get to a mirror where you can see your tooth and attempt to place the temporary back on the tooth.  The temporary crown is a custom fit on your tooth and is like a puzzle piece, in that it only fits one way.  DO NOT bite it into place, but instead try to fit it onto your tooth with your fingers.  As your family dentist in Lakewood, CO, we advise you at this time to call the office and we will help guide you on next steps.  Office Contact Information   Of course, If you feel uncomfortable trying to or can't place the temporary back on, please also call the office and we can help guide you with next steps.

It is important that a temporary crown is on a tooth that has been prepared for a crown as much as possible.  The temporary crown protects the underlying tooth structure, as well as maintains the space between the adjacent and opposing teeth.  Even a temporary crown that has been off for a few days can make for a situation where the permanent crown has to be remade.  The new permanent crown may not fit between the teeth anymore, due to the adjacent teeth moving.  Teeth move surprisingly fast, so it's best to call the office if you have a temporary crown come off or break.

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National Children's Dental Health Month

February 16th, 2018

The month of February is National Children's Dental Health Month.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends that a child see a dentist for their first visit by age one, or six months after their first tooth erupts, whichever happens first.  At Stevens Family Dental, we love seeing patients of all ages and encourage you to bring in your children for regular check-ups.

We have found that children who are familiar with the office and our team from a young age are more comfortable coming into the office when there is a more emergent situation, like trauma to a tooth.  It helps when the emergency dental visit isn't the first dental visit to our dental office.

At our children's dental check-up visits, we review home-care tips with parents and kids (age-appropriate).  We also polish teeth, place fluoride and take x-rays if warranted.  If you have any questions about what the first dental visit would be like for your child, don't hesitate to contact our office.

 

Happy New Year!

January 12th, 2018

Happy New Year!  We hope that your year is off to a great start.

We want to congratulate the winner of our food drive contest.  Mr. Jack donated multiple items to our food drive and won our raffle prize of a $50 gift card to Texas Roadhouse.  Overall, we had over 135 items donated.  Thanks to all who contributed.

We are back to our normal business hours and will be open both Martin Luther King Day, as well as President's Day.

We look forward to serving you all this next year and can't wait to see your smiling faces at the office!

-Dr. Stevens and Team

Happy Harvest!

November 13th, 2017

Happy Holiday Season to you all!

During this Season of Thanks, we want to take the opportunity to tell you how grateful we are for our patients!  Seeing each of you at the office brightens our days and we enjoy working with each of you.

Our Candy Buy Back was a great success!  Thanks to our Colorado National Guard Members who came out for the afternoon and everyone who donated their candy.

From now until December 15, we are hosting a food drive to support Food Bank of the Rockies.  Drop off non-perishable cans and boxes of food, diapers, toiletries and dog food anytime during business hours at the office.  Thanks in advance for your support.

Tis the season for picture taking and social events.  This month, we will have our whitening gel buy one get one free, so that you can look your best for all of your holiday events.  Stop by the office anytime during business hours to purchase whitening gel.

We hope that this is the start of a wonderful holiday season for you and those you care about!

-Dr. Stevens

 

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