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
Due to an oral infection, improper dental health care or genetics, people can experience gum recession. This is when the gum tissue pulls back from the teeth, making them appear longer than normal. The periodontists at Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute have seen this recession numerous times before, and they recommend watching out for common symptoms so that patients can seek treatment as quickly as possible.
A receding gum line is not always readily apparent. Additionally, it will be accompanied by other symptoms that indicate a larger oral health problem is at play.
· New spaces appear between teeth
· Chronic bad breath
· Loose teeth
· Constant bad taste in mouth
· Tenderness in gum tissue
· Gums appear purple or red
· Swollen gums
· Severe sensitivity to cold and hot items
· Teeth fit together differently
Gums can recede over the course of several months or even years, so seek treatment at the first sign of trouble.
The professionals at the Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute are proficient with a treatment known as the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. This treatment is minimally invasive and only requires our periodontist to make a tiny hole in the gum tissue. Using special tools to loosen the tissue, it can then be moved back over the teeth into a more attractive position. It is less intensive than gum grafting and doesn’t require donor tissue.
The Periodontist to See
Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute is here to assist you. Do not hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment if you notice something off about your smile. Even if nothing is actually wrong, you will feel better with peace of mind.
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