Prioritizing Our Patients' Health & Safety 

Dear patients,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
 
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
 
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
 
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
 
• If you are sick or concerned you might be sick, please cancel your appointment. You will not be penalized in any way for the cancellation, even at the last minute.
 
• Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. When you get to the office, you are asked to remain in your car and call our office number 972-412-5064. A staff member will come out to you and you will be asked those same screening questions again and have your temperature taken before entering the office.
 
• If you are a new patient, we would really appreciate you using the online patient portal to fill out paperwork prior to your appointment.
 
• We will ask you to immediately wash your hands with soap and water when you enter the office.
 
• You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. There will also be very few chairs present to avoid crowds in the waiting room. Computers will have disposable covers and counter tops, door handles, waiting room chairs and surfaces will be disinfected with increased frequency.
 
• Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. We will also ask that only the patient, and in necessary cases a legal guardian, enter the office. Older children and adults are requested to experience their appointments alone while family members remain in the car and/or waiting room.
 
• We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
 
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 972-412-5064 or visit our website at www.mymouthdental.com.  
 
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Ramsey, Dr. Montoya and Team

Types of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are cap-shaped restorations designed to resemble a natural tooth. The purpose of a crown is to improve the health, structural integrity, and appearance of a decayed or otherwise damaged tooth. If a tooth has a failing filling or has undergone root canal therapy, placing a crown can protect and strengthen its structure. Crowns can also provide a strictly cosmetic enhancement. In order to replace missing teeth, a crown may be attached to a dental implant or support a dental bridge. There are several different types of dental crowns, made using various techniques and materials. Your dentist will recommend the best option based on your oral health, aesthetic goals, and budget.

Dental crowns
Made of advanced and lifelike materials, porcelain crowns are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth.

Temporary vs. Permanent Crowns

A temporary crown is often made in the dentist’s office. Temporary crowns are placed to maintain a patient's appearance and minimize sensitivity until a permanent crown can be created in a laboratory. In order to design both temporary and permanent customized crowns, the dentist will take either traditional or digital impressions. The dentist may also take photographs of the patient’s teeth or use a shade guide to provide further information to the lab technicians. This will ensure the new crown looks completely natural.

Same-Day Crowns

In some cases, your dentist may be able to place a same-day crown. Using computer-aided design and computer-aided technology (CAD/CAM) systems such as CEREC®, a growing number of practitioners offer this convenient option. Patients will not need to receive a temporary and the crown can be milled on-site while they wait. Same-day crowns are made from blocks of durable dental porcelain.

Choosing the Right Material

Once your dentist determines a crown is the best way to restore or enhance your smile, you can discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each available material.

Porcelain Crowns

All-porcelain crowns are typically recommended to restore or enhance the front teeth because they offer superior aesthetics. 

Crowns made entirely of porcelain or ceramic are preferred for the front teeth because they offer superior aesthetics. These materials are translucent, just like natural enamel, and can be precisely shaded. All-ceramic restorations lack the strength and durability of metal crowns. They also tend to be the most expensive type of crown.

Metal Crowns

Gold and other types of alloys may be recommended for the molars. In addition, stainless steel crowns are often used for pediatric patients whose baby teeth require protection from further deterioration or decay. Metal crowns are extremely resistant to wear and tear from chewing and biting, and they tend to last longer than other materials. The biggest drawback is their appearance because metal is easily visible against tooth enamel. For this reason, metal crowns are typically placed in the back of the mouth.

Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns offer some of the best features of all-porcelain and all-metal crowns. The porcelain that coats PFMs can be matched to the surrounding teeth, so they blend naturally into patients' smiles. The metal present in PFMs makes them stronger and more durable than all-porcelain crowns, so they are often incorporated into dental bridges. Unfortunately, some patients develop a dark line at the base of these crowns as the metal ridge becomes more visible if the gums recede.

Learn Which Crown is Right for You

Although crowns used to last anywhere from five to 15 years, newer dental materials have improved their lifespan. With proper care, some crowns can last 20 years or more. To ensure the longevity of a crown, you should always practice good dental hygiene, brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. You should also visit the dentist for checkups and cleanings twice each year so they can check the integrity of the restoration. If you think you may benefit from a dental crown, speak with your doctor to learn which type can best meet your unique needs. 

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My Mouth Dental and My Kidz Mouth Dental

At My Mouth Dental and My Kidz Mouth Dental, we are committed to providing the very highest standard of care for patients of all ages. Drs. José Montoya, Ashley Ramsey, and Neha Khanolkar provide a range of services and are affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • The College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Are you ready to achieve excellent oral health? Reach out to our practice by requesting a consultation online or calling us at (972) 412-5064.

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