Specific to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have added in additional precautionary and cleaning measures including:
As state and national health and safety regulations change and evolve during these times, Surprise Smiles is dedicated to monitoring and evaluating our dental practice and office space for any potential risks as we serve our patients and community. We strive to maintain an approach to our dentistry services that is both safe and beneficial to everyone we serve.
We strive to provide a safe, healthy, comfortable, and relaxed environment for everyone that comes into our dental office. We follow the American Dental Association’s Update to Office Procedures During COVID-19 in regard to safe office procedures, workplace hazards, and making decisions for best office practices. We stay informed on recent information given to dentists in this regard, as well as keeping up to date with any changes recommended by the CDC.
Please let us know if you have any questions in regard to our health and safety protocols here at Surprise Smiles. We recognize that it can be challenging during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. We all want to get back to our normal lives, and we will be able to do so, in a safe, wise, and healthy manner. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have in regard to our dental practice health and safety protocols, cleaning, and disinfecting procedures we follow.
Thank you for continuing to be a valued patient here at Bradshaw Family Dental. We look forward to continuing to serve you and your dental needs through the various services we provide for you, from preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants and more!
|•||Teeth Evaluation - Our dental experts will explore every surface and part of your teeth to discover cavities. If you have oral appliances like dental fillings, we will examine the quality of existing fillings and see if they need replacement.
We also check any dental crowns and ensure they are in good condition. This is crucial because dental fillings can break down over time and will need replacement. If fillings have become stained, you shouldn't try whitening them as they will be damaged.
Instead, replace them for a better look. The fact that silver amalgam fillings have a different color has made many of our patients opt for natural-looking composite fillings. This is why we must examine them during the dental exam.
|•||Check for Any Deposits - Another thing we do in a dental exam is check for calculus deposits that could be harmful to your oral health. We will use a tool to get an accurate check.
Another way our team can check for underlying deposits is through digital x-rays. We will take a full-mouth digital x-ray to check for any abnormalities. X-rays are crucial because they help reveal defects not visible to the naked eye.
Such procedures are crucial in uncovering conditions that haven't started showing symptoms yet. For instance, an oral cancer screening will accurately diagnose your oral state. During this process, we also tell you if you have TMD or other conditions affecting your jaw.
|•||Gum Assessment - A dental exam cannot end without thoroughly assessing your gums. Healthy gums are necessary, as anything other than that will be gum disease. Also known as periodontitis, gum disease can result in tooth loss if not treated in time.
Our team will thoroughly examine your gums to check for signs of ailments. If the gums are not in good condition, periodontal disease might be at play. It could also be due to bone loss or receding gums. In that case, we will perform a periodontal probing to measure the gum pockets. We will also measure the strength of the supporting bone structure and the circumference of each tooth.
If necessary, Dr. David Frausto will insert a calibrated probe between the teeth and gums to the depth of gum adherence. If the pockets are deeper than three millimeters, you might be suffering from periodontal disease. Gums should tighten after a dental cleaning; if they don't, we will schedule you for a root planing or scaling appointment. These procedures will help fix your condition and restore your oral health.
|•||The Take-Home Bag - At the end of your dental exam, we will provide you with a take-home bag designed to help maintain good oral health while at home.
The contents of this bag are tailored to your specific oral health needs and will be crucial in ensuring you maintain good oral health. Some common items in a take-home bag include dental floss, a new toothbrush or interdental brush, and tongue cleaner.
Proper dental hygiene is crucial in helping you keep your teeth and gums clean. This habit will see you preserve your teeth for many years. Good oral hygiene reduces the risk of dental problems that could result in tooth loss. It also helps keep your smile bright and ultimately saves you the money you could have spent on various dental restoration procedures.
|•||Check for Dental Cavities - Dental cavities can be very harmful if left untreated. You shouldn't allow them to develop before you come in for treatment. Instead, come in for regular dental checkups so that we can address them on time.
Remember that dental cavities can cause an abscess or eventual tooth loss if left untreated. We recommend that you come in at least twice yearly for dental exams.
|•||Clean Teeth - Another reason you should schedule dental exams is that we will get your teeth thoroughly cleaned. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing once per day. Adhering to these requirements is not enough if you don't undergo regular dental checkups.
A professional oral cleaning will help eliminate food particles and bacteria that brushing can't remove. We will also remove hardened tartar that you cannot remove by yourself. This will go a long way in restoring your smile.
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