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
Possibly one of the greatest leaps forward in dental care is the advent of the dental implant. Implants are an extremely effective way to replace missing teeth. They stay in your mouth permanently and are effectively a complete replacement for the lost tooth or teeth.
So what exactly is involved with replacing a tooth with an implant? What is an Implant?
Let me start with the second question first.
An implant is essentially a fairly slim piece of metal designed to imitate the missing root of the tooth that was removed. The material the implant is made of is very compatible to the body. So much so that the bone grows right into the implant and it physically becomes a part of you.
The implant itself is just the root substitute. To complete the look of a tooth and to make it fully functional, a crown needs to be placed on the implant.
As to how implants are placed: unfortunately it’s not by magic. Implants are placed surgically.
To be fair the surgery is really pretty minor. But to most of us the term “surgery” is enough to make us decide against the process. Don’t.
If you would consider getting a tooth out then you should be fine with the process of placing an implant. Patients generally tell us that the surgery was similar to the discomfort associated with taking a tooth out. If you are thinking of getting an implant that means you survived getting a tooth out, so by all means get the implant.
At pleasant Dental we have one of our referred surgeons place the implant. Why? Well personally, I just prefer those with the most surgical expertise perform the placement. This increases the likelihood of success (yes implants sometimes fail but are in the area of 98% successful when done properly).
We place the final crown on the implant. The crown, for those who don’t know, is the part on the top of the implant that makes it look and function like a tooth. That’s our job and we do it well.
By the way when replacing a single tooth then implant is similar in cost to the more traditional bridge. However, the implant is a far better option. Call us and find out why.
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.