The safety, health and well-being of our mutual patients has always been our top priority. Whether this is through the care we provide or the environment of our surgical facilities. Our internal policies and procedures have always exceeded federally mandated guidelines to protect our patients and staff. Our commitment to provide your patients the safest care throughout this evolving situation is not something we take lightly.
We always have and will continue to go above and beyond to ensure that we are exceeding the highest standard of care and customer service.
Here are a few extra precautions that we are taking, but not limited to:
• Monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization.
• Following the news related to local conditions on an hourly basis.
• Increasing the frequency of our sanitation practices inside and outside our surgical facilities.
• Wiping down our waiting rooms, chairs, counters and door handles hourly.
• Providing additional hand sanitizer to patients.
• Allowing our patients to wait in their cars or outside our office and notifying them when we are ready for their appointment.
We are also asking our patients a few questions to help mitigate any potential exposures. These questions are:
• If you are a patient who has traveled outside the US within the last month
• Had contact with someone who traveled outside the US and was/is now sick
• Had contact with someone who was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus or the flu
• Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms: Temperature, Active Cough or Trouble Breathing
If you answer yes, our doctor will be informed and will take appropriate action to protect patients and staff.
The Doctors and Staff at SVII
Gum recession is more than an appearance-related problem. It can also lead to serious oral problems. If you have noticed that your gums are receding, or your teeth seem to look longer, it is time to learn about the realities of untreated gum recession.
Below are five of the top ways that receding gums can be detrimental to your health:
1. You are more likely to experience gum disease. This is a progressive condition that affects the entire bodily system if it is left untreated. If you already have gum disease, receding gums may indicate that you have moved to a more advanced stage.
2. You may feel like your teeth are more sensitive than they once were. When eating foods that are very hot, very cold or sugary, your nerves are more apt to send you a signal of discomfort. Instead of being protected by your gums, those exposed nerves have to deal with powerful sensations… and that can mean pain and achiness for you.
3. You may start to lose confidence. We all want to have the best smile possible. When your gums pull back from your teeth, they can alter the way you look. This may make you feel more self-conscientious when getting pictures taken, or upon meeting new people.
4. You could end up with tooth decay. Cavities can start to develop in the areas between your teeth and gums. The more exposed the roots of your teeth, the greater your odds that you will experience rapid decay in those areas.
5. Your teeth could start to become loose. As the gums recede and gum disease takes over, your bones may not be able to support the teeth as they once did. This may lead first to wiggly teeth, and then to complete tooth loss.
If you have noticed any signs of receding gums and you are in the Harrisonburg, VA region, please contact our office for an immediate appointment. Our team of top-notch periodontists can get your oral health back to optimal levels, and help you manage any effects caused by gum recession by implementing minimally-invasive treatments like the revolutionary Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.
119A University Blvd
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
New Patients: 540-431-4392
Current Patients: 540-434-8575
Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 12:00pm
*Closed 1pm to 2pm for Lunch