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To Our Valued Patients,

As this newest challenge continues to unfold with COVID-19(Coronavirus), we wanted to give you an update. First, we are currently maintaining our regular schedule. As of now, the Arizona Department of Health Services is not recommending closure or modification. We will continue to closely monitor information from the CDC and AZDHS and follow their recommendations. We will keep you up to date on any changes we may have to make via emails, our website, and social media.

Second, we would like to give you some insight into our practices to keep our team and patient family safe and comfortable. Dentistry is uniquely positioned to protect our team and patients. On a daily basis, we practice ‘Universal Precautions.’ This means we ALWAYS assume that every patient may be carrying a contagious, dangerous disease and we follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of any potential disease, including Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, HIV, AND COVID-19(Coronavirus). This has been standard of care and regulated by the Centers for Disease Control since the 1980s with the AIDS

These measures include:
1. Strict hand hygiene protocols.
2. Use of single use disposable protective equipment and barriers.
3. Thorough disinfection of exposed or potentially exposed surfaces after every patient visit.
4. Disinfection and high-heat steam sterilization of instruments. Routine monitoring of sterilization verification.
5. Continual education on infection control techniques.

In addition to these mandated measures, we have also implemented:
1. Disinfection of common area surfaces every 30 minutes.
2. Availability of hand sanitizer in common areas.
3. Screening everyone who enters based on CDC recommendations.
4. Pre-procedural mouth rinse.

We are happy to address any concerns you may have. We will continue to care for our patient family during this time following all best practices and will monitor CDC guidelines for any new recommendations.

Thank you for being a part of our family. Thank you for allowing us to care for you and your family. Please know we are here to support you and help you in any way that we can.

In good health,

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Dental Crown Surprise, AZ

Model of dental implant screw with artificial toothRestorative dentistry is a passion of ours at Surprise Smiles. Restorative dentistry describes dental procedures that are required when a tooth has suffered some form of damage, decay, or structural issues and needs to be brought back to a healthy state. These procedures include things like fillings, dental bonding, and of course dental crowns. Dental crowns are used when a tooth has suffered severe structural damage and can no longer continue acting as a tooth on its own. We modify the tooth to allow a crown to fit over the top, which will act as a normal healthy tooth would.

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When to Get a Crown

There are a number of situations that can lead to a crown. The most common is tooth decay. When a tooth has experienced significant decay and we remove that decay, there will often not be enough of the natural tooth left to be stable. Another common scenario where tooth decay ultimately leads to a crown is when a large filling fails. Often, when large fillings fail they need to be replaced and after years of wear on the tooth, it is not up the challenge of another filling. Instead, we will fit it with a dental crown.

Crowns are also used to cap other restorative fixtures such as Dental Implants. Dental implants are a tooth replacement appliance that is permanently placed in your jaw and capped with a dental crown. An implant allows you to use your new appliance exactly as you would a natural tooth.

The Procedure

Having a dental crown placed is a very common and simple procedure that typically requires two visits to our office to complete.

During the first visit we will take a mold of the tooth that we will be placing a crown on so that we can perfectly match the crown to your natural tooth. We will send this mold to our dental laboratory to be created. We will then prepare your tooth to receive the crown by shaving off a portion of the enamel around your tooth along with any decay. By making your tooth a bit smaller than it normally is, it can accommodate having a restorative crown placed on top of it without changing your bite. Once it is ready to receive the crown, we will place a temporary crown over it and affix it to your tooth with a temporary dental cement.

During the interim, while you are wearing the temporary crown, it is important to use care and not chew on overly sticky or hard substances. Things like caramels, and ice should be avoided as the bonding of the crown is not permanent and will fail under such circumstances.

Once your crown has been fabricated by the dental laboratory it will be time for your second appointment. During the second appointment we will simply remove the temporary crown and place the permanent one. The permanent crown will be affixed with permanent dental cement.
The dental crown can be used and cleaned just like a normal tooth, and will function the exact same way.

Please call our office today at (602) 842-4864 to schedule an appointment to be seen.


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Surprise Smiles
15128 W Bell Rd, Suite 12
Surprise, AZ 85374
(602) 842-4864

Prescott Valley
7136 East Pav Way
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

Chino Valley
1260 Hwy. 89, Ste. G
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 589-1776

172 E Merritt St.
Suite F
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 443-1200

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