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Our Steps for Patient Safety Upon Our April 30th Reopen

Our Steps for Patient Safety Upon Our April 30th Reopen

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As our patients know, our office closed its doors in mid-March with the exception of emergency dental procedures. We did this in order to keep patients and staff safe amid concerns surrounding the Coronavirus. We are thankful to all of our patients for bearing with us as we navigate these unprecedented times that our communities are facing. We will be reopening on Thursday, April 30th, and we will also be open on Friday, May 1st.

Throughout our temporary closure, our team has closely followed updates from the American Dental Association, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as government officials, to create a plan to uphold our commitment to patient safety upon our April 30th reopening. We have spent time planning strategies to keep staff and patients safe during visits. We’ve detailed some of the steps you can expect in your visit to our dental studio.

The day before your appointment is scheduled, you will receive a text message survey to help our staff determine your risk of exposure prior to your appointment. Once you arrive for your appointment, we ask that you remain in your vehicle and call our office to let our staff know that you have arrived. We will give you instructions once you call. We ask that you only enter the office when a staff member has directed you to do so. We also ask that you do not bring anyone into the office unless you have mobility issues or the patient is a minor. 

Upon entering the office, you will have a forehead temperature scan and then be taken directly to a treatment suite. We have implemented a pre-procedural rinse for every patient in order to bring down bacteria levels. We will have hand sanitizer available as soon as you enter the office, and we ask that all patients use this. Our treatment rooms have always been cleaned between patients, but that effort is even more emphasized now. Our team is working diligently to keep patient touchpoints sanitized. 

All appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients and we will not be utilizing the waiting room at this time. We will no longer offer magazines, newspapers, or self-serve coffee to limit any possibility of contamination on high touchpoint objects and areas. 

Our office now has medical grade purifiers placed throughout and a dry shield vacuum system to help control airborne viruses, bacteria, germs, and dust. Our staff will continue to wear level 3 masks as well as face shields. We ask that all patients please bring a face mask or facial covering (scarf, bandana, etc.) with them to the studio.

We have always made patient safety our top priority when providing high-quality dental care that our patients expect. We have adapted our operations to keep patients and staff safe. We appreciate our patients for working with us through this unchartered territory. Please contact our office if you have questions or would like to book an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Dentures: What to Expect

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First off, we want to clear the air. Dentures are common, normal, and not just used by people over the age of 80. The present stereotype is that people in their thirties, forties, fifties, and sixties would never have to wear dentures. This is completely wrong. There are often many conditions, and sometimes simply genetics, that causes major tooth pain, infections, loss, decay, and more. When an individual starts to lose most of his/her teeth because of the previously stated conditions, a dentist typically decides whether to perform a complete tooth removal to prevent further pain and infection, or to create a partial denture around the remaining teeth. 

The Cakmes Difference

Here at Cakmes Dental Studio, we are transparent with our patients. We understand that major changes in dental health can be scary and stressful, so we strive to make our patients’ necessary dental work painless and worry-free. 

At Cakmes, we know a thing or two about dentures. We know that sometimes they can make talking, eating, and other normal activities not nearly as enjoyable because of the worry that they may fall out of place. Because of this, we offer implant-supported dentures. This is a great solution for someone with tooth loss who never wants to worry about putting in or taking out dentures ever again. Just like an individual tooth implant, these dentures will be connected to a surgical implant in the jawbone. This is a very cost-effective option for someone looking for a permanent fix for complete tooth loss. 

However, if you don’t want to go the permanent and surgical implant route, we totally get it. That is why we still offer custom-fit dentures that can be put in and taken out daily. If you have some healthy teeth left that you want to hang on to, no worries! We can custom design a partial denture that will fill your smile with bliss and beauty. 

Whichever route you decide to go with your denture adventure, rest assured that you are in good hands at Cakmes Dental Studio. We understand the importance of a quality job rendering high-quality results. Since we offer several cosmetic dental solutions in addition to general dental hygiene, you can trust that we will make sure you LOVE the way your smile looks when you leave our dental studio. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or appointment, and visit our website to explore all of the dental services we offer. We look forward to hearing from you and giving you the smile you’ve always dreamed of!

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The Difference Between Clear Aligners and Braces

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Both braces and clear aligners are meant to straighten your teeth for the purpose of making them more visually appealing and improving your oral health. They both have the same purpose and outcome, so what are the major differences? How do you know which one suits you better? 

Traditional braces are consistently evolving and changing to enhance the visual outcome and the patients’ experience. Braces are used by orthodontists to straighten the teeth using brackets on each tooth and a wire that connects them all. The movement of the teeth occurs based on the tightening and adjustment of the interconnecting wire. The orthodontist will “adjust” your braces, typically every six to eight weeks, to ensure the braces are moving the teeth in the optimal time frame, but without causing severe discomfort. Essentially, the wire is tightened to give way for the teeth to move to a certain “checkpoint” on the way to the final goal. If the wire was never tightened, the teeth would remain at that stage or checkpoint for good. 

With braces, many patients neglect to take good care of their teeth simply due to how difficult and time consuming it can be to clean around the braces. Each tooth has an individual bracket, and there is a wire connecting them all, so flossing can be complex. It is recommended that patients with traditional braces either use braces-specific floss or a water flosser. Brushing is also more difficult because cleaning around each individual bracket can be tedious. Not taking great care of your teeth with braces can cause cavities, stains, and other dental issues.

Clear aligners work in a very similar way to braces, just minus the metal. Experts create aligners specific to your teeth that are nearly invisible when worn. The aligners are manipulated just enough from your current teeth alignment to gradually straighten your teeth. However, since the aligners still have to fit and appear “invisible,” aligners are usually changed as often as every two weeks. If you wear your clear aligners faithfully, this method can give you a perfect smile very quickly. Also, taking care of your teeth is much easier with clear aligners because you can simply take the aligners off to floss and brush thoroughly.

At Cakmes Dental Studio, we offer clear aligners called ClearCorrect. We are firm believers that everyone deserves a smile they feel confident showing off, so we do our best to help you gain that confidence. Contact us to learn more about our ClearCorrect aligners and schedule a consultation today!

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