Let me update you on the steps we have taken to ensure your safety and ours.
1. We have procured all the recommended PPE. N95 masks, gowns, and face shields.
2. We have installed hospital antimicrobial curtains around each room. This allows us to contain the treatment in the room being used.
3. We have added a medical-grade air purifier to cleanse the air multiple times an hour.
4. We are using ultra-violet C lights to disinfect the rooms after each use.
5. There will be fewer patients in the office at a time. All patients will be asked to remain in their vehicles until we are ready for them.
6. Every person will be asked before coming to the office to confirm they are symptom-free and are not COVID positive so far as they know.
7. Everyone will have their temperature taken and will be required to rinse with peroxide before the treatment.
8. All staff are checked daily for temperature, symptoms, and exposure. We will be requiring testing soon too.
These are a few of the precautions that we are taking. Just know we are doing what we can to ensure you can get the care you need in as safe an environment as we can create.
We are now scheduling cleanings and virtually all types of treatments. Call us at (708) 849-4400 to schedule. Leave a message if we don’t answer.
Our schedule, for now, is by appointment and not consistent with our previous normal.
We all hope to see you soon. Until then, stay safe and healthy.
Dr. D. and the Pleasant Dental Team
The best option is typically a dental implant. The next best option, when it is possible is the bridges, Doltondge and the partial denture is the final option. Implants and partial dentures are discussed on other pages.
A bridge takes it’s name from the same structure used to cross a river. The key items needed for the standard bridge is a solid tooth in front of the space where the tooth to be replaced was and a solid tooth behind the same space.
The two teeth are prepared in the same way a crown is, by trimming the teeth to allow room for a new top and sides. The two crowns on the supporting teeth have attached to them a false tooth which replaces the missing one. This is all made in one piece and is then cemented on the two supporting teeth to make it as permanent as we can.
The bridge, once it is placed in the mouth, is designed to stay in place, no taking it in and out like a partial. The bridge can be used to replace multiple missing teeth. While significantly more expensive than a partial, the bridge is typically significantly less than the cost of implants, particularly for replacing multiple teeth.
The down side of a bridge is that at times you may be cutting down completely healthy teeth for the sake of replacing other teeth. This is a harsh thing to do but it certainly is better in most cases than not replacing the teeth or doing it with something that you have to remove daily.
Like crowns bridges can be made of many different materials. How many teeth are being replaced and which teeth can make a difference in what materials are best used to create a functional and cosmetic bridge.
Dr. Dean Dietrich founded Pleasant Dental with the vision of serving his community by providing high-value comfortable care. Dr. D. has over 30 years of expertise and continues to be very passionate about his work. He and team enjoy caring for fearful patients and providing care in a unique upbeat, even fun way.