Dear Patients:

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. Please be patient with us as we all adapt to this new “normal”. 

For example:

· Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. 

· We ask that you wear a facemask in the office, if possible, but NO GLOVES.

· We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

· 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. 

· 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 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. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Keep Smiling!

Dr. Dowell and Team 

The Benefits of Porcelain Crowns

By Stephen Dowell, DDS on September 20, 2017

A porcelain dental crownTooth decay, chips, cracks, and major dental injuries can lead to a number of problems. In addition to having an unsightly smile, these problems can cause pain and discomfort, making it difficult to go about your day normally. Thankfully our Minerva dental care practice offers a number of restorative treatments to help patients with their problems.

Dental crowns are an excellent option to consider for major dental injuries. Thanks to new techniques and advanced dental lab technology, dental crowns can be crafted from porcelain and other tooth-colored ceramic materials. Let's consider these types of crowns in more detail and what benefits they have for patients.

About Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration that used to treat severe tooth decay and fractures. The crown caps the healthy remaining structure of a tooth. With a crown in place, you are able to bite and chew normally again, without fear of causing additional dental damage. The crown also protects the tooth from pain and sensitivity due to pressure from biting and chewing, as well as from exposure to hot and cold temperatures.

Blends In Seamlessly with Your Natural Teeth

Many dental crowns are made from soft metals, but new materials have been used to create crowns that are tooth-colored. These porcelain dental crowns are made to match the color and appearance of your natural teeth, providing an added aesthetic element to restorative dental care. These porcelain dental crowns have a number of advantages over metal dental crowns for people who care about the appearance of their smile.

Ideal for the Front Teeth

Given the nature of these porcelain crowns, they are ideal for restoring the most prominent and visible teeth in your smile. If you have issues with your front teeth, getting porcelain crowns may be the right option for your needs. Metal crowns can be saved for the molars, where they are tucked away and out of sight.

Excellent Craftsmanship and Durability

Even though porcelain crowns are made from dental ceramic materials, they are still sturdy and able to handle the normal wear and tear of your teeth. Porcelain crowns have a long lifespan, and can last for many, many years with proper aftercare and good oral hygiene. If a crown gets chipped, cracked, or too worn down, a dentist can replace the crown as needed.

Restored Ability to Bite and Chew Without Discomfort

This is one of the biggest advantages of getting a porcelain crown placed. By capping a damaged tooth, you can return to eating your favorite foods and drinking your favorite beverages without any worry of discomfort or pain. Restoring this normal ability to bite and chew can be crucial for a sense of overall well being.

Are Porcelain Crowns Right for Me?

The best way to find out if porcelain crowns are right for you is to visit our practice for a consultation. We will be more than happy to assess you situation and recommend the most effective cosmetic or restorative treatment available to meet your needs.

Learn More About Porcelain Crowns

To learn more porcelain crowns and how they can help you achieve your dental wellness goals, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. We will assess your situation and create a treatment plan just for you.

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