WE ARE OPEN! Special covid-19 patient treatment protocol
Covid-19

We are very excited to announce that we are open and so pleased to be able to welcome you to the Dentists of Chimney Heights.

Prior to re-opening our clinic we have made alterations in the clinic, in our operatories and in the way in which we provide treatment to patients. These changes are designed firstly to protect you while you are in our clinic and secondly to enable us to provide you with the exact same level of professional treatment in a manner consistent with the requirements and conditions set down by the Provincial Health Officer and the College of Dental Surgeons of BC.

Although all of our staff and doctors have returned, you will see physical changes in our clinic to protect you – we have isolated each operatory to prevent infection and to make it easier and to complete a full and thorough cleaning of equipment and fixtures between patients. We will also be wearing protective clothing, face shields and masks.

When you call for your appointment our receptionist will go through the COVIC-19 questions stipulated the College. We are booking appointments with sufficient time allowed to limit the number of patients in the clinic at any given time and to ensure minimum waiting times. We will ask you to come to the clinic by yourself unless you are a senior or have a disability and need assistance. If you are making an appointment for a child, we will ask that one other person only can come with the child. Unfortunately you are not able to bring family members or friends with you to the appointment unless they are prepared to wait for you outside the clinic until your treatment is completed.

When you arrive for your appointment you may enter the reception area. You will again be asked if you have any fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. The receptionist will also quickly check your body temperature with a touchless forehead thermometer as soon as you arrive. Your waiting time in the reception area will be only a matter of minutes and no other patients will be waiting in the same area. As soon as your operatory is ready for you we will move you in for your treatment.

WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN TO PROTECT YOU AND TO KEEP YOU SAFE. WE WILL BE CONTINUALLY UPDATING OUR TREATMENT PROTOCOL OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS TO ADJUST TO ANY CHANGES REQUIRED BY THE PROVINCIAL HEALTH OFFICER OR THE COLLEGE. WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AS WE WORK THROUGH THIS TOGETHER.

Extractions

Extractions

Extraction is the removal of teeth from their sockets.
There are multiple reasons for a tooth to be pulled out…
Common reasons would be a tooth that is too badly damaged, infections that can potentially spread to infect other teeth or crowed teeth that needs to be pulled out for proper spacing.

Procedure:

Your dentist will inject local anesthetic to the area where extraction will take place before pulling out your teeth. some people may need general anesthetic, which will make you sleep through the procedure. During the extraction, your tooth will be removed from its socket in the bone with instruments such as elevator, dental drill and forcep.

Simple Extractions: are performed on visible teeth. Most are done under a local anesthetic.

Difficult Teeth Extractions(Surgical): are performed on teeth that cannot be seen easily, because they have been broken off or they have never erupted. Surgical procedure will depend on the circumstances of the tooth, which includes bone removal, tissue removal, tooth sectioning and sometimes stitches is needed. Surgery is done with local anesthesia or conscious sedation.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions: are common among many adolescents. Wisdom teeth usually develop in adolescent years. A common problem that occurs in many people is that there are no room for wisdom teeth to grow. We recommend the removal of wisdom teeth before they are fully developed to eliminate some potential problems.

After Extraction Care:

After extraction, a piece of gauze will be given to you to bite on for 20 -30 mins. This will facilitate blood clotting. You can put ice pack on your face to reduce swelling for the next day. Avoid hard and hot food for the next few days and rinse with warm salt water 24 hours after surgery to keep the area clean. Avoid smoking or vigorous exercises. You can expect some discomfort after oral surgery that may last a couple of days. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drufs (NSAID) such as Advil and Motrin can reduce your pain. Take the drugs your dentists prescribed to you.

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