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Health Safety Protocols
Prescott Valley, AZ

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To Our Valued Patients at Surprise Smiles,

Welcome! We are open, looking forward to seeing returning patients, accepting new patients, and operating under normal business hours! The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDS) is still not recommending any type of closures or modification in hours. We will continue to monitor information coming from both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and AZDHS and keep you apprised of any changes or updates. We will stay on top of this information and bring it to you as soon as possible through our website, email, and social media.

As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, our dentists and dental team want to assure you that we are continuing to do our best to make sure it a priority that we are following the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC, specifically as they relate to the dental industry. We value keeping our patients and staff members safe and comfortable.

As part of our daily standard health and safety protocols, our office follows ‘Universal Precautions’ in order to protect our patients and our staff. These are precautions we have always taken, and are not new. By taking ‘universal precautions’ means we always assume that anyone could potentially be carrying a contagious and dangerous disease. We therefore follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of any potential disease, be it COVID-19 (Coronavirus), hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV, or any other disease. This has been a standard of care we follow, per the CDC, in regard to blood borne pathogens.

These measures include:
•  strict hand washing protocols
•  use of (single use) disposable protective equipment and barriers
•  thorough disinfection of exposed or potentially exposed surfaces after every patient visit
•  disinfection and high-heat steam sterilization of instruments and routine monitoring of sterilization verification
•  continued education on infection control

Image of a dentist with a mask covering, so she is safe, and follows health safety protocols at Bradshaw Family Dental.Specific to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have added in additional precautionary and cleaning measures including:
•  disinfecting common surface areas every 30 minutes
•  providing hand sanitizer in common areas
•  screening everyone who enters our offices based on CDC recommendations
•  offering preprocedural mouth rinse

As state and national health and safety regulations change and evolve during these times, Surprise Smiles is dedicated to monitoring and evaluating our dental practice and office space for any potential risks as we serve our patients and community. We strive to maintain an approach to our dentistry services that is both safe and beneficial to everyone we serve.

We strive to provide a safe, healthy, comfortable, and relaxed environment for everyone that comes into our dental office. We follow the American Dental Association’s Update to Office Procedures During COVID-19 in regard to safe office procedures, workplace hazards, and making decisions for best office practices. We stay informed on recent information given to dentists in this regard, as well as keeping up to date with any changes recommended by the CDC.

Please let us know if you have any questions in regard to our health and safety protocols here at Surprise Smiles. We recognize that it can be challenging during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. We all want to get back to our normal lives, and we will be able to do so, in a safe, wise, and healthy manner. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have in regard to our dental practice health and safety protocols, cleaning, and disinfecting procedures we follow.

Thank you for continuing to be a valued patient here at Bradshaw Family Dental. We look forward to continuing to serve you and your dental needs through the various services we provide for you, from preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants and more!

Dental Crowns
Prescott Valley, AZ

Dental procedure being performed at Bradshaw Family Dental in Prescott Valley, AZPatients with cavities or broken, cracked, or fractured teeth, and those who are scheduled for root canals may benefit from dental crowns. These cap-like restorations work by covering a tooth to strengthen it, improve its appearance, or enhance its function. A dental crown is an ideal option when a dental filling is unable to repair a tooth. Our team at Bradshaw Family Dental utilizes dental crowns for a wide array of cosmetic and restorative work. We can repair tooth decay, fix a damaged tooth, or brighten a discolored tooth with dental crowns.

What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown comes in the form of a tooth-shaped cap. Our dentist fits dental crowns over the teeth. A restoration covers the entire tooth.

Benefits of Dental Crowns

You can prolong the lifespan of your natural tooth with a dental crown. It covers the tooth and strengthens it to stop further damage or wear and tear. We can color-match your resin or porcelain crowns to resemble your teeth. We carefully and artistically fabricate the crowns to assume the natural structure of your teeth.

Common Uses of Dental Crowns

Our crown dentist can place these caps to protect your teeth against erosion. Different things can contribute to enamel erosion, including normal use, sugary items, acidic foods and drinks, and aggressive brushing. Further, we can enhance the appearance of your teeth by correcting misshapen teeth and covering discolored teeth with crowns. Moreover, we use crowns to improve the chewing function of your teeth. For those with worn, decayed, or broken teeth, tooth restoration with crowns is likely possible.

Types of Dental Crowns

We utilize different types of dental crowns. Depending on your unique oral health needs and personal preferences, we can assist you in deciding what type is right for you. Metal crowns last the longest and rarely chip or break.

Another type are the porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns that bring in the natural, color-matched look of porcelain and the durability of metal. These crowns are strong, but the porcelain coating can chip off to expose the metal underneath after some time. Their lifespan is comparable to that of metal crowns.

All-ceramic crowns assume the look of the enamel when compared to other types. They are a choice for people with metal allergies. Additionally, we have zirconia crowns that are considered extremely durable. They are able to bear heavier forces of chewing than porcelain. They remain gentle on the opposing teeth, thus contributing to less enamel wear compared to porcelain crowns or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

All-resin crowns are less expensive than porcelain and other types of crowns. Nonetheless, they are more likely to chip or break because they are fragile. Our dentist may utilize all-resin when providing temporary crowns. These crowns may only last three to five years on average compared to others that can survive for up to 15 years.

Dental Crown Procedure

Receiving a dental crown usually requires two appointments. After evaluation, the first visit for the crown placement procedure involves preparing the tooth, making dental impressions, and having temporary crowns mounted. The preparation work entails filing down areas of the natural enamel to provide more space for the proper fit of the crown.

Our dentist obtains teeth impressions to serve as models for the fabrication of the crown. Since the crown fabrication takes two to three weeks, temporary crowns, crafted from resin or acrylic, are provided.

When you come in for the second appointment after the new final crown is ready, you will have the temporary crown removed. Our dentist will check to see that the color, shape, and fit of the final crown are correct. If so, the final piece will be mounted onto the tooth and bonded with dental cement.

Aftercare and Maintenance of Dental Crowns

Once you have your crown placed, you have to keep it in optimal condition. Brush your teeth twice daily using a soft-bristle brush and fluoride toothpaste. Ensure you work on the interdental spaces between the teeth by flossing once daily. Keep dental biofilm and bacteria away with antibacterial mouthwash. It is also prudent you avoid biting on extremely crunchy, hard, or chewy items.

For people who clench or grind their teeth, it is paramount for them to wear a customized mouth guard. Remember to have your scheduled, regular cleanings and mouth inspections or exams.

Common FAQs about Dental Crowns

If you are seeking dental crowns, you might have questions you need answered by our dentist. Here, we give answers to commonly asked questions by the patients we serve.

How long do dental crowns last?

With proper care, it is possible for your dental crown to last for more than a decade. On average, crowns have a lifespan of five to 15 years.

Will getting a dental crown be painful?

You should feel no pain when receiving dental crowns. There may be some level of sensitivity once the crown is placed because of the shaving down of the enamel. However, there should be no pain or discomfort. In case you have pain when receiving the restorations, you can tell our dentist. We may utilize anesthesia to ease pain and keep you comfortable.

Can I eat normally with a dental crown?

Since there may be some sensitivity around the area, we advise you to go with a soft diet until you start feeling comfortable. Avoid chewy, crunchy, and hard foods like steak, nuts, and bread.

Can dental crowns be whitened?

It is not possible to whiten a dental crown. It will not respond to regular teeth whitening treatments. Even so, a dental crown utilizes a stain-resistant material, making it difficult to stain. A mouthwash may, however, help sweep away the surface stains, or use a salt rinse to clear plaque from the teeth.

What are the alternatives to dental crowns?

A dentist may utilize alternatives like resin fillings, inlays and onlays, or even dental bridges in place of dental crowns. These options provide protection for the tooth structure, but proper considerations have to be taken when deciding on the alternatives.

Restore Your Smile With Dental Crowns in Prescott Valley, AZ

Visit us at Bradshaw Family Dental to repair your tooth damage, discoloration, or chipping with dental crowns. We have a trusted team that is ready to help restore your teeth functionality, smile appearance, and dental health. Call us at (928) 277-0076 to request an appointment.

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