When teeth are missing it is sometimes difficult and embarrassing to chew, speak or smile. Having all your teeth is important for both self esteem and the proper functioning of your mouth.
Fixed Partial Dentures
A fixed partial denture, also known as a fixed bridge, is bonded or cemented in the space where one or more teeth have been lost. Fixed partial dentures help support the natural shape of your face, as well as your lips and cheeks. A fixed partial denture holds a false tooth (pontic) in place and is usually cemented to the adjacent natural teeth. A crown fits on top of the pontic and is cemented in to provide support to the fixed partial denture.
Removable Partial Dentures
A removable partial denture can be beneficial to eating, speaking, and your general appearance. It can prevent your face from sagging by giving support to your lips and cheeks. A removable partial denture typically consists of replacement teeth attached to gum-colored acrylic bases connected by metal framework. The removable partial denture will attach to your natural teeth by metal clasps or precision attachments. Your dentist can explain which type of attachment will work best for you.
A full denture will benefit both your appearance and your health. When you lose all of your natural teeth, things you take for granted become very difficult: eating, speaking, face structure and support. Without natural teeth or a full denture, your face may sag from lack of support of the cheeks and lips. A full denture can provide this support by replacing your natural teeth while restoring your beautiful smile.
As of May 19th we are open for full-service, non-urgent dental treatment.
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:
You will be notified via text, email or a phone call in regard to your upcoming visit and our new check-in procedures.
Our office will communicate with you to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. We will also take your forehead temperature when you arrive at our office.
We ask that you please wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when you arrive.
We want to minimize the number of patients in our waiting room and operatories, so unless necessary, please have accompanying people wait in the car during your appointment.
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
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 our office at (360)692-9560.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Sincerely, Dr. Jason Niemeyer, Dr. Jeffrey Phillips and the rest of the SDC team (360)692-9560