Greetings from Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney
Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you and your families. We hope that you continue to navigate these most difficult times with strength, perseverance and the promise that we will all soon return to 'business as usual'.
Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.
For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.
For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.
These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (firstname.lastname@example.org), one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.
From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.
Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney
Dental crowns are solutions for teeth that are discolored, broken, chipped or too crowded or gapped. However, installing and implanting dental crowns requires a commitment of time on the part of the patient and the dentist. This is especially true if the artificial crowns need to be made in a distant lab using impressions the dentist has made of the patients mouth. Before the crowns are ready, the dentist will need to fit the patient with a temporary crown which will have nothing like the natural look and feel of the permanent crown. It may take a couple of weeks before lab made dental crowns are ready. The upside is lab made crowns can be made to match the patients remaining teeth with great accuracy. Theyre the same size, shape and color as the natural teeth and often are indistinguishable from them to a layman. The lab made crown may also be easier for the dentist to fit.
Now, both patients and our cosmetic dentists in our Blakeney dental office understand all the benefits of same day crowns. There are at least four differences between same day crowns and lab built crowns.
1. The obvious difference is that the same day crown is installed on the same day. The crown takes about three hours to make. Though this is a wait, its not the same as waiting two weeks for a dental crown.
2. The quality of same day crowns can vary depending on the level of technology and skill in the doctor's office. Local cosmetic dentists might not have the sort of technology or expertise on site to make a crown thats as esthetically pleasing as one made with care in an offsite lab.
3. The dentist may have a harder time adjusting the same day crown for a perfect fit.
4. However, the same day crown is convenient and can work well for a patient who's having a dental crown placed on a molar, which is seldom seen. Lab built crowns are generally better for front teeth.
Clearly, the benefits of same day crowns are limited, but they do exist. A patient will need to consult with his or her dentist to decide on whether a lab built or a same day crown is the right option for him or her.