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June 04, 2020  | by Andrea

Re-Opening for Restorative Dental Care

We appreciate your patience and understanding with any restorative dental treatment that you have been waiting to schedule. We’ve always been committed to the highest infection control standards, and we know this is important to you too. Our dedicated team has worked very hard so that you will be safe and comfortable as we resume offering restorative dental care.

An aerosol can be produced from some dental instruments like ultrasonic scalers, dental handpieces (i.e. drills), and other high-speed instruments. Since there is a risk that COVID-19 can be spread through respiratory droplets when dental devices spray those fluids, we have elected to limit scheduling of dental procedures that could create an aerosol. Restorative dental procedures such as crowns, root canals, fillings, sealants will only be scheduled at times when other patients are not in the office.

Here are some things you might like to know about your next restorative dental visit:

  • Initially, aerosol generating procedures will be scheduled at the end of the day when no other patients will be in the office. As we learn more about the risk associated with aerosols, we may modify our scheduling guideline.
  • We’re closely following guidance from the American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when it comes to PPE. We’ll be wearing clear face shields and gowns in addition to safety glasses, appropriate masks, and gloves.
  • We’ve implemented a pre-procedural rinse for patients prior to all procedures.
  • Restorative treatment will be performed in a room that has a closed door. This will help reduce the chance that aerosols can spread to other parts of the office.
  • We have new air filtration systems to improve air quality and capture air-born particles.

It is important that your dental treatment is not deferred for too long. Cavities and other dental conditions could develop into bigger problems if left untreated. If you had a restorative appointment that was cancelled during our office closure, we will reach out to you to get you rescheduled. If you have a future restorative dental appointment reserved, we may be reaching out to move your appointment to a different time.

We appreciate your patience as we prepare to see you for your next restorative dental visit. In the meantime, if you are having any dental pain, or are wanting to be seen sooner, please give us a call to check our current openings.

We can't wait to see you again!