At Ranches Family Dental the health and safety of our patients and staff is always a top priority. At this time our office will remain open for urgent visits as we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. We have monitored current guidelines from the American Dental Association. In order to be proactive, we have implemented the following guidelines to protect both our patients and our staff:
**The lobby is sanitized after every person leaves and has been closed for social distancing until further notice. Because of this, please come alone to your appointment. Make arrangements prior for children- which we know may be inconvenient with all the students out of school. Also, only 1 adult needs to accompany a minor.
**We have cancelled all hygiene and routine visits to stop the potential spread of the virus.
**Please brush your teeth prior to your arrival as the brushing area is closed until further notice.
Please reschedule appointments if you or anyone in your household has traveled outside the US for at least 2 weeks after your return.
If you have any symptoms of fever, cough, chills or flu-like symptoms we ask that you contact our office to reschedule your appointment.
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to provide exceptional dental care in a manner that is safe for both our patients and our team members. Stay healthy.
Thank you, kindly, Ranches Family Dental
When Dental Crowns Require Special Treatment
Posted on 1/30/2020 by Ranches Family Dental
Many people have dental crowns, but don't know that they need special care. Like our natural teeth, crowns need to be brushed and flossed at least twice a day.
Brushing every day will help deter the bacteria growth that leads to tooth decay and gum disease. However, many people don't know there are certain circumstances where dental crowns need extra care.
When first receiving a crown, your teeth may be a little sensitive. During this time, it's important to protect your crown and avoid certain types of foods. For your comfort, we recommend staying away from foods that are hot and cold. These types of foods will cause you more pain. Fortunately, sensitivity should reach normal levels after a while. It's possible that the sensitivity can stay, and in that case, it's important to call us for help.
Another way to care for your crown it to avoid foods that are hard. While crowns are made of strong materials, depending on the type of crown, they could chip due to eating hard foods. The best way to avoid this is to stay away from hard foods and chewing ice. You may also experience problems if grind your teeth.
Occasionally, the dental bonding used to hold your crown to your teeth may become loose. When this happens, you may notice that your crown is loose. You may even be able to wiggle it. It's important to contact us immediately if you notice a loose crown. Many people end up swallowing their crown if it comes loose while they're sleeping. If you spot the problem before that happens, we won't need to make a new crown for you.
If you're interested in getting a crown or more ways to keep them protected, please contact our office. We can help you set up a consultation or give you more information. We would happy to help you in any way possible!