Cleanings – Regular dental visits are essential to maintaining a healthy mouth and healthy body. Cleanings are important to remove bacterial and calcified deposits on the teeth that can lead to periodontal disease or tooth decay. Home care may be modified to improve oral health. Teeth, gums, and soft tissue are examined.
X-rays – These are taken for diagnosis of tooth decay, bone loss, impacted teeth, some tumors and cysts.
Sealants – The first step in maintaining a healthy mouth is preventing tooth decay, and sealants can offer major protection against cavities.
Fluoride Treatment – Decay, decalcification, sensitivity, and gingivitis may be prevented by using fluoride treatments.
“Dr. Riccardi and his staff make a visit to the dentist as pleasant an experience as I think is possible. Dr. Riccardi had been well recommended to me and justifiably so. Not only is his work of the highest quality but he also goes out of his way to make sure that the patient is very satisfied with the services performed. The staff is extremely pleasant, professional and helpful. And as working person with limited time truly appreciate the fact that when you go to his office you are seen at the appointed time.”
Root Planing and Scaling – A non-surgical step that involves a special cleaning to remove deposits on the tooth and root surfaces due to periodontitis is called root planing and scaling. This procedure helps the gum tissue to heal and periodontal pockets to shrink. Arestin, a locally administered antiobiotic, is placed directly into the infected pockets between the teeth if indicated. Arestin may significantly reduce the depth of the pockets and helps prevent disease progression in early periodontitis.
Patient Education – Personal one on one with visual aids, educational, DVD’s, and booklets.
Intra-oral Camera – Our high-tech diagnostic device can show enlarged images of you teeth on a monitor using the Einstein, a tiny wireless camera. This can help prevent accidental tooth fractures or tooth loss. X-rays can also be enlarged aiding the dentist in diagnosing potential problems in early stages. Patients can view the enlarged digitized x-ray. Short educational videos are shown concerning your individual needs such as periodontal disease, porcelain crowns, and cosmetic dentistry.
Comfort – DVD and CD players along with a walkman radio provide extra comfort to patients for relaxation. Neck pillows and blankets are also available upon request. Our friendly staff strives to treat each patient individually to help you feel at ease. Nitrous Oxide is available if needed for relaxation.
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call or text our office at 404-262-1456.
Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. We look forward to seeing you again at your next appointment
Victor van Greuningen, DMD and Team