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
A lot of people end up developing gum disease despite their best efforts to brush or floss. When this happens and you need additional dental intervention to clear up the problem, it can be an effective option to scale and plane root.
What is Scaling and Root Planing?
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure, otherwise known as deep cleaning, designed to treat and prevent advanced periodontal disease stages. When we do this treatment, we apply a local anesthetic to the region to extract all plaque, bacterial toxins and tartar particles from your teeth and their root surfaces completely.
Then we start the root planing process, which involves smoothing all the rugged areas on your teeth's roof surfaces. This prevents plaque, tartar, and bacteria from returning under the gum line, allowing your gums to heal effectively from the procedure.
Spotting Gum Disease Early
If you develop gum disease, it is best to have scaling and root planing done early on, so you can treat the problem properly and avoid more expensive and invasive procedures.
Have red, swollen gums
Have bad breath and cannot get it to go away
Experience pain while chewing
Have extremely sensitive teeth
Have tender or bleeding gums
In addition to having your teeth scaled and planed in our lab, it is also important to prevent further development of the gingivitis. We recommend that you brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily, replace your toothbrush regularly, floss daily and use an antimicrobial mouthwash.
Let Us Help
We want to help ensure that your smile will be beautiful and healthy for years to come. If you have questions on how to avoid gum disease, what is involved in the scaling and root planing process, or anything else, please feel free to contact our office.
For more information on this and/or any other dental services we offer at Shenandoah Valley Implant Institute LLC , contact our Harrisonburg, VA office during regular business hours to schedule an appointment with Dr. Saunders
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