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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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Fall Sports Season

September 6th, 2017

Are you ready for some football?  Tomorrow is opening night for the NFL season, which reminds us of the importance of protecting our teeth while playing sports.  All sports, but especially contact sports put teeth at risk for trauma.

Trauma to a tooth can range in severity.  Most minimally, a tooth can fracture which then requires a tooth-colored filling to be placed to repair the fracture.  A more severe fracture can make it necessary to have a root canal and crown to repair the tooth when the fracture has gone into the nerve.  Or, the trauma to a tooth can be so severe that the tooth dislodges entirely from the socket.  Any of these outcomes can be concerning and costly.  The best part is however, that many injuries to teeth can be prevented or at least lessened, by wearing a properly fitted mouthguard.

Did you know that Dr. Stevens is an authorized Under Armour mouthguard provider?

This month we are offering 10% all of our Under Armour mouthguards.  This includes both the stock and custom mouthguards.  Stop by the office to pick up your stock mouthguard, or call to schedule for impressions for your custom mouthguard.

We hope everyone has a *SAFE* and fun fall sports season!

-Dr. Stevens

Back-To-School Time

August 8th, 2017

It's Back-To-School this month.  Teachers and children are gearing up for the start of a fresh, new school year.  Backpacks-check!  Pencils-check!  Clean and healthy teeth-CHECK!

This month we are focusing on prevention, which is not only applicable to children, but adults as well.  As a reminder, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommend that a child have their first dental exam within six months of the first tooth erupting, or no later than their first birthday.  We love seeing your children and grandchildren at our office!

Having children visit the dental office early on helps establish positive experiences with the dental team.  It also gets them accustomed to the office and our equipment.  This is especially important in the case of a dental emergency, where a child traumatizes a tooth and may require an exam and x-rays.  If they are familiar with our office, it is oftentimes much easier to get the needed information to assess the situation.

We wish everyone their best school year yet and look forward to seeing you at the office!

-Dr. Stevens

Welcome To Our Blog

July 31st, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about dentistry, and the latest news about our practice.

We hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!

-Dr. Stevens

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