Covid - 19 Update

     

Davis Dentistry will resume practice operations in compliance with relevant Executive Orders on Monday May 4th. We will continue to employ the enhanced cleaning and infection control protocols we implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We want to provide our patients and team members with the safest possible healthcare environment.

Our practice will be screening all patients and visitors to our offices. At Davis Dentistry team member will ask each patient/visitor a few travel-related and health screening questions, both prior to their appointment and upon arrival in our office; patients’ and visitors’ temperatures will be checked with a temporal thermometer. We are asking all patients to arrive 5 min. prior to their scheduled appointment. Patients who are at high risk for COVID-19, as determined by our office, will likely have their visit rescheduled. If you’re not feeling well, please contact us to reschedule, whenever possible, in advance of your visit.

All team members will be surveyed daily to ensure adherence with social distancing standards and status of their health. All team members will be in masks (or scarves for non-clinical team members). Importantly, all personnel in our offices will complete COVID-19 testing with the IGG antibody test as soon as we receive our supply of test kits (within 2 weeks).  The IGG test determines both the acute presence of the virus and whether our team members were exposed to COVID-19 previously.

Additionally, to reduce the risk of transmission to our patients and team members, as well as their families, the office has installed 4 very powerful HEPA h13 air filters.  These filters will remove all bacteria, viruses and VOCS down to the .3 microns keeping our working environment safe!

We appreciate your support of these infection control measures.  Your oral health is vital to your overall wellness and your ability to resist the impact of COVID-19, so we encourage you, if healthy, to maintain your regularly scheduled hygiene appointments with Dr. Davis and our practice. 

In good health,


Dr. Davis and Team

Dental Bridge Aftercare: Maintaining Your Investment By Mark Davis on December 04, 2018

Digital illustration of dental bridge being placedA single missing tooth or a row of missing teeth can detract from the appearance of your smile. More importantly, however, gaps and spaces can have a negative impact on your overall function and oral health.

At Davis Dental in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Mark Davis uses dental bridges to complete your smile and preserve the health of your teeth and gums. Here, our team discusses dental bridge aftercare and how you can maintain your bridge for years to come.

A Quick Review of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges have been used to replace missing teeth for decades. This restoration can be crafted from a variety of materials, including metal, zirconia, ceramic, or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

A bridge is comprised of two dental crowns with artificial teeth in between them. The crowns are bonded onto the natural adjacent teeth and the prosthetic teeth “bridge” the gap in your smile. Generally, the dental bridge treatment process can be completed in just two office visits.

Initial Post-treatment Care

Immediately after the placement of your bridge, you may experience slight tenderness and sensitivity in the area. These side effects are typical and generally diminish after a few days. To ease any discomfort, take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen.

Though the area may be tender, it is important to keep it clean. Brush and floss within your comfort level and use an antibacterial rinse to keep harmful bacteria at bay.

Tips to Maintain Your Dental Bridge

Once your bridge has been permanently bonded into place, you can enjoy a beautiful, functional smile. To keep your new restoration looking and feeling great for years to come, follow a few simple guidelines:

  • Brush twice a day. It does not take long for plaque deposits and tartar to accumulate around the teeth and along the gum line. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. This will help remove irritants and keep oral bacteria at healthy levels. Avoid whitening pastes, as they can be too harsh and damage the bridge.
  • Floss once daily. Your entire bridge is supported by the natural adjacent teeth. If they become compromised, you risk losing your restoration. Therefore, it is extremely important to care for them properly. Clean in between all of the natural teeth at least once a day. This will reduce the risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Clean underneath the bridge. You must clean underneath your bridge regularly. Once you have finished brushing and flossing, remove debris and flood particles in the space between your bridge and gums. To do this, use floss threaders, dental picks, or interproximal brushes. Ask your dentist or hygienist for product recommendations.
  • Attend routine checkups. Regular exams and cleanings are essential for everyone. However, if you have a dental bridge or other type of restoration, these practices are even more important. Most patients benefit from visits twice a year. However, if you are susceptible to gum disease, decay, or other dental issues, your dentist may recommend more frequent appointments.

Contact Davis Dentistry Today

If you are considering a dental bridge or recently had one placed, proper maintenance can protect your smile and your investment. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, contact us online or give us a call at (480) 595-1300.

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