Office Closure Notice - Open for Emergencies ONLY!

Dear Patients, Families and Friends,

As our community copes with the fast-moving spread of Covid-19, coronavirus, we hope you and yours are in good health during this stressful time.

As you are aware, the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has issued warnings and precautions to health-care providers worldwide regarding Covid-19, Coronavirus.

Public officials have advised medical and dental providers to postpone elective procedures for a limited time while we social distance in the effort to slow the spread of this virus.

Patients with upcoming appointments that will have to be rescheduled will be notified by our team, on an ongoing basis as we wait for more understanding of this ever-changing situation.

We will continue to be available on a limited basis for dental emergencies only.

Should you experience a dental emergency, please call our main office phone number and leave a message. This phone number connects to our after-hours cell phone. We will respond to you as soon as possible.

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We will continue our use of universal precautions, which includes use of our masks, gloves, surface barriers, and will always exceed the highest standards of disinfection and sterilization for all instruments per OSHA and CDC guidelines.

The health, safety and well-being of our patients, families and our community is of the utmost concern. Having said that, here are some precautions we’re asking you to take if you come in for an emergency:
  1. Please let us know as soon as possible if you start to experience any symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), and we will be happy to reschedule your appointment for another time.
  2. Please do not bring anyone to your appointments. If you need a ride, ask the person who drives you to your appointment to wait in their car until your appointment is concluded.
  3. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after entering our office.
  4. We will also be monitoring temperatures prior to caring for you.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel welcome to call us at(828) 684-1633.When we are given the green-light to renew regular business operations, we will update you.

We thank you for your patience during this interruption and we look forward to seeing you as soon as we are able, happy and healthy.

Warm regards,
Dr. Chris Port and the Asheville Smile Center Team
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An important aspect of dentistry is tooth repair. In the last half a century, we have seen a great many improvements in restorative dental care. An area of restorative dentistry in which our patients have options is dental crowns. Crowns are used to repair teeth that have sustained extensive damage, protecting remaining tooth structure from the potential damage of excessive stress.

For the sake of longevity, it is important to fabricate dental crowns from the highest quality materials. Not only do we want to create durable crowns, but crowns that will maintain a precision fit when bonded to the tooth. Asheville Smile Center considers several types of materials for dental crowns, making recommendations to suit the patient's needs.

Gold crowns

One of the first materials used in dental restorations was gold. High noble gold remains an ideal choice for dental crowns due to its beneficial tendencies. Gold is one of the few metals that is biocompatible with natural oral tissues. The pliability of gold during the fabrication process is also advantageous, leading to the best possible fit. Many people assume that gold crowns have a specific, noticeable aesthetic. When used to repair teeth in the back of the mouth, gold blends in nicely with natural teeth.

Metal alloy crowns

As an affordable alternative to gold crowns, those made of metal alloy were developed. Metal alloy crowns have been widely used for many decades, and have been improved upon to make them more aesthetically pleasing. Today, metal based crowns can be topped with a coating of beautiful porcelain, making the restored tooth look very natural. The problem with metal-based crowns is that they will develop a dark line near the gums. Though a popular option, metal crowns do not have the longevity of gold crowns, lasting 10 to 15 years as opposed to decades.

Ceramic crowns

There are many instances in which metal crowns are not the best option. When a front tooth needs repair, a ceramic crown is the best option. High quality ceramic looks so natural that the repaired tooth will fit seamlessly with surrounding teeth, but will maintain excellent strength for biting.

CEREC crowns

CEREC is the latest technology in restorative dentistry. Using CEREC, we are able to complete the entire crown process in a single visit using state-of-the-art software and precision equipment to fabricate gorgeous ceramic crowns right in our office.

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