Let me update you on the steps we have taken to ensure your safety and ours.
1. We have procured all the recommended PPE. N95 masks, gowns, and face shields.
2. We have installed hospital antimicrobial curtains around each room. This allows us to contain the treatment in the room being used.
3. We have added a medical-grade air purifier to cleanse the air multiple times an hour.
4. We are using ultra-violet C lights to disinfect the rooms after each use.
5. There will be fewer patients in the office at a time. All patients will be asked to remain in their vehicles until we are ready for them.
6. Every person will be asked before coming to the office to confirm they are symptom-free and are not COVID positive so far as they know.
7. Everyone will have their temperature taken and will be required to rinse with peroxide before the treatment.
8. All staff are checked daily for temperature, symptoms, and exposure. We will be requiring testing soon too.
These are a few of the precautions that we are taking. Just know we are doing what we can to ensure you can get the care you need in as safe an environment as we can create.
We are now scheduling cleanings and virtually all types of treatments. Call us at (708) 849-4400 to schedule. Leave a message if we don’t answer.
Our schedule, for now, is by appointment and not consistent with our previous normal.
We all hope to see you soon. Until then, stay safe and healthy.
Dr. D. and the Pleasant Dental Team
Crown me! Actually there are very few people that show up in our office actually asking for a crown. Well, that’s not entirely true. Because our fees are below average and we don’t nickel and dime our patients, we do get people that come to us to get crowns done because they were quoted higher fees elsewhere. Most, however, don’t really even know what a crown is.
Let’s start with that. A crown is a way for us to protect a tooth that has been severely damaged; teeth that have large fillings that weaken the tooth. Teeth that have had root canal treatment or teeth that just show significant wear or damage can benefit from crowns.
A crown is simply a new cover placed over the tooth, after the dentist has trimmed it. Because the crown covers the top and sides of the tooth, it protects the tooth from breaking further.
That’s the basics of crowns. What you need to know is that there are literally a dozen or more materials or ways crowns can be made. Few dentists discuss this with their patients. But you might want to have some say in the materials used in your crown, which ultimately will end up in your mouth, for years.
The absolute best material, in my opinion, is gold. It has a similar wear strength or tooth enamel, so it doesn’t cause increased wear of the teeth it chews against, which porcelain can. It can look nearly as good after 30 or more years as the day it was placed in the mouth. If gold crowns could be made tooth colored, I doubt that any dentist would choose any other material.
Since the vast majority of patients want tooth colored crowns, we use a crown with porcelain for most crowns.
Porcelain allows us to match the crown to your teeth. There are several different kinds or porcelain crowns, most of which I’ll discuss at another time. For now suffice it to say that porcelain, while strong, has to be bonded to some type of substructure, traditionally metal.
The metals used can be varied, from gold to more base metals. All provide a strong base by which to make the crown. Those who can’t tolerate nickel or other base metals should avoid the base metal style crowns. If you have no problem with the metals, they are perfectly functional crowns.
Front teeth where, cosmetics are at a premium, we typically use, where practical, a tooth colored base which provides a more natural looking final look.
Dr. Dean Dietrich founded Pleasant Dental with the vision of serving his community by providing high-value comfortable care. Dr. D. has over 30 years of expertise and continues to be very passionate about his work. He and team enjoy caring for fearful patients and providing care in a unique upbeat, even fun way.