While it has been a bit of a whirlwind with keeping up with all of the various things going on, we plan for the future! Here are some of the things we have done already.
We are seeing patients with dental pain and emergencies over video conferencing technologies to determine the best course of treatment. If the patient must go into the office for emergency care, our team of dental professionals is available to help!
Our first priority is helping those that are in pain. We will continue to help those that need emergency care through all of this.
As the timelines change and the dates change as to when we can see non-emergency patient in the office again, we are triaging any patient that is more likely to have a dental problem. If you had treatment that was diagnosed, but was not completed, we will be reaching out to schedule those appointments. If you need us before we reach you- you can always call or text message us.
As we are able to return to a regular schedule, we will continue to see emergency patients. The next step is to see patients that have active cavities that could lead to infections and pain. This is the time that we will see patients with a broken tooth, a cap or crown that came off, tooth that needs a crown or cap to help preserve the tooth, a crown over a dental implant, non-critical oral surgery and root canals. Again, we will do our best to reach out to you if you already have treatment diagnosed but not completed.
The next step is to begin seeing our hygiene patients. Yes, we have heard the concerns and share them with you. “How am I ever going to get in to see my favorite hygienist when it was hard to get an appointment before all of this?” We have been in contact with the hygienists to make schedule accommodations and increase availability. The patients with other contributing health factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and organ transplants will be scheduled first, followed by patients with periodontal disease and active gum infections.
We will then continue to see our patients that are in need of a check up and regular cleaning.
Once we have been able to accommodate these patients, we will be available for cosmetic cases.
During this time, you may have noticed that people just don’t look the same with masks on! Well, if you have decided it is time for a smile consultation, please let us know. We are the smile doctors! Additionally, if you want to discuss your cosmetic concerns while you are staying safe at home, just let us know and we can arrange a virtual smile evaluation with one of our doctors.
If this has taught us anything, it is that life is too short and unpredictable. We have to realign our priorities to make sure we are taken care of both physically and mentally. Your oral health is a very important part of your overall health and the time to do something about any dental problems is not when you have an emergency. While we will continue to be there for you during a dental emergency, let’s be proactive about getting treatment done so that it does not end up as an emergency. Cavities do not repair themselves. Gum disease does not go away magically. As time progresses, things get more complicated. They cost more and more treatment may be needed. This is the time to take care of yourself. Let’s get your appointments scheduled and get things taken care of so they don’t end up in an emergency situation.
In the event that we reschedule or schedule your appointment and something changes where we are not able to see patients on a non-emergency basis, please be patient with us. This is out of our hands also. If you have any questions regarding treatment, please let us know.