How can we help you?
Dr. Kara Arnold, Dr. Jennifer Rohleder, and the entire team at Highland Smiles want your dental appointment to be a comfortable one. Part of that means understanding the treatment you and your family will receive. We are happy to take the time to share our knowledge with our patients when it comes to their treatment, and we enjoy taking the time to educate them. We want our patients to make good decisions about the different treatments available; we also want them armed with the latest in proper oral health maintenance. We make sure your appointment includes plenty of time for discussion, so you will never feel rushed in our office. Don’t hesitate to voice any concerns you might have!
We hear quite a few questions regularly, and we’ve included a list of them here. If your question is not answered in this list, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to ask. If it is an important question to you, it’s an important question to us—and we are happy to take the time to answer it. You should never feel uncertain about treatment options. Dr. Arnold and Dr. Rohleder will take whatever time is needed to answer your questions thoroughly so you feel good about moving forward with treatment.
CEREC Same-Day Crowns
If you receive a temporary dental crown, you should be sure to avoid sticky and chewy foods such as caramels, chewing gum, or anything that can “pull” at the crown. You can also talk to us about CEREC same-day crowns. We are one of the few dental offices in the Denver area to offer CEREC technology. With CEREC, a decayed, damaged, or broken tooth can be replaced with a strong crown that looks completely natural in just one trip to the dentist!
If your crown came off:
- If your crown comes off and it is during normal business hours, please call the office and we will re-cement it.
- If your crown comes off and you have had a root canal, you should not experience any discomfort and it is not an urgent situation. Call us during office hours.
- If the crown comes off after hours or on the weekend you have two options: (1) leave the crown off of the tooth and call during normal business hours for a re-cementation appointment, or (2) re-cement the crown yourself. You can go to any pharmacy and get “Dentemp” or denture adhesive in the toothpaste aisle (instructions on package). Clean out the crown gently with your toothbrush and place some of the temporary material inside the crown and firmly put the crown back in place. Call us during normal business hours, and we can check the crown for you.
If you are experiencing dental pain with swelling:
- If you are experiencing dental pain with swelling and it is during normal business hours, please call the office immediately for an appointment.
- If you are experiencing dental pain with swelling after-hours or on a weekend, please seek the nearest 24-hour urgent care clinic.
If you have a temporary crown:
While you are in the temporary phase, expect to have cold and chewing sensitivity. You may take ibuprofen to help with any discomfort. If your gums are sensitive after the treatment, warm salt water rinses will help with the healing process.
If you experience aching, throbbing, pain that wakes you up at night and ibuprofen is not helping, please call our office during normal business hours.
Care for your temporary crown as follows.
- Avoid chewing anything hard or sticky (such as almonds and gum) on the side with the temporary
- Do not floss between the temporary and adjacent teeth. If you absolutely must floss, hold onto the temp and slide the floss out rather than popping it out.
- Continue brushing normally on the temporary.
If your temporary crown falls off:
- If your temporary comes off and it is within normal business hours, please call the office and we will re-cement it.
- If it comes off after hours or on weekends, you can go to any pharmacy and get “Dentemp” or denture adhesive in the toothpaste aisle (instructions on package). Clean out the temporary gently with your toothbrush and place some of the temporary material inside the crown and firmly put the crown back in place.
If you have had a root canal and your temporary crown falls off:
- If your temporary crown comes off after your root canal, you should not experience any discomfort and it is not an urgent situation.
- If the temporary crown comes off on the weekend you have two options: (1) leave the temporary crown off the tooth and call on Monday for a re-cementation appointment, or (2) re-cement the crown yourself. You can go to any pharmacy and get “Dentemp” or denture adhesive in the toothpaste aisle (instructions on package). Remove some of the old cement from the inside of your crown, dry your tooth off and push the temporary crown with the cement inside to your tooth. Call the office during business hours and we will re-cement/check your temporary.
Please direct any other questions regarding temporary crowns to the main office line.
With single-visit ceramic restorations, the procedure for getting a dental crown is easier than ever. Called CEREC technology, this procedure takes place all in one visit. First, we will take an optical impression of your tooth using a digital camera. CEREC’s three-dimensional software creates a model of the crown, which we can adjust as needed for a perfect fit. Once finalized, the specifications are sent to the onsite milling unit. A perfect-fitting restoration is ready to be bonded in just about 15 minutes. There are no more worries about ill-fitting temporaries!