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
It is no small decision to seek dental implant treatment, but it may be a wise one. If you are a candidate for dental implants, you can enjoy many benefits, including eating the foods you love and caring for your implants as you would your real teeth. There could be something preventing you from going through with the procedure, however: smoking. Dr. Steven Saunders advises any smokers to quit the habit before going through with implants for a few good reasons.
Osseointegration is the process in which the titanium implant post, which supports the crown resembling a real tooth, fuses with the jawbone. Patients who see a periodontist for dental implants must have good bone density, but even then, the implant is only successful with proper osseointegration. It can take some time for the osseointegration to complete. Any type of smoking, however, could interfere with the process and make it last longer or fail completely.
Smoking Can Lead to Implant Failure
Smoking is a proven cause of gum disease, cancers, and other damage to the oral cavity. When implants are placed by a skilled periodontist, they have a higher rate of success, but if you are engaging in activities that could damage your mouth, that raises the risk of failure. Unfortunately, if an implant fails, it ultimately ends up costing you time and money, so you should do whatever you can to ensure the procedure is a success.
Contact Us To Learn More
Dr. Saunders, and the staff at the Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute understand that quitting a habit like smoking does not happen overnight. If you are interested in dental implants and want to start on the path to quitting for your procedure, we may be able to provide you with resources and advice. A consultation will help us to assess your needs and an appropriate course of action. Contact our office in Harrisonburg, VA today to learn more.
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