During the COVID-19 pandemic, the team here at Creekside Endodontics is using the maximum recommended safety protocols recommended by the World Health Organization and our local governments. But beyond that, we are also using several other custom safety measures we have chosen ourselves.
We see ourselves as responsible for the overall health of our patients, not just the health of the teeth. That’s why we want to protect you carefully from the coronavirus. We have purchased high-quality air purifiers and ultraviolet lights. And we’re using high-tech methods and equipment for endodontic procedures. These isolate and contain airborne particles, keeping you, other patients, and our staff safer.
If you have doubts about receiving dental or endodontic procedures during the pandemic, we invite you to read about our enhanced safety methods below.
We wouldn’t be working now if we didn’t know that we could keep you safe—along with staying safe ourselves and protecting our own families. We expect these technologies and practices will protect the health of us all. So contact Creekside Endodontics now to schedule an appointment!
Using Rubber Dams During Each Procedure
We use rubber dams during every procedure. What is a rubber dam, or dental dam? It’s a high-quality, purpose-built sheet of rubber that is held in position around the tooth we’re working on. A small hole in the rubber is used by your dentist to access the tooth.
What is the purpose of a rubber dam? Because your endodontist will often be working on the soft tissue (pulp) inside of a tooth, the dental dam stops particles from leaving that area. If there is an infection within the tooth, your doctor will clean it out safely without allowing it to spread.
The type of rubber used is latex. However, some patients are allergic to latex. If you are, non-latex alternatives are available. Just let us know, and we will, of course, switch to protect you.
The use of rubber dams was already an excellent safety measure before the pandemic. During the pandemic, using them helps us to stay focused on preventing the spread of any type of infection. Endodontists are well-practiced at isolating even a single tooth from the teeth around it, preventing particles from escaping from the treatment area, so we will also be able to prevent the spread of the coronavirus with similar techniques.
The Revolutionary GentleWave® Protocol
The GentleWave® Procedure is a high-tech alternative to the traditional root canal treatment. For many years, endodontists used traditional tools to manually clean out the inside of an infected tooth. But these tools are not always able to reach every miniscule crevice inside of a tooth.
The new GentleWave® system, though, uses equipment that emits multiple frequencies of ultrasonic sound. The endodontist sends cleaning fluid into the tooth and then activates it using the multisonic system. This guides the fluid throughout the inner chambers of the tooth, thoroughly cleaning even hidden and microscopic areas.
What does this mean during the pandemic? The GentleWave® Procedure virtually eliminates airborne particles. It almost completely isolates the treatment within the tooth, preventing bacteria or viruses from the patient from escaping into the air. This is vital to know for patients waiting in the lobby or walking into the room later. It also protects your endodontic staff from picking up airborne particles on their bodies.
Finally, the GentleWave® system speeds up the process of root canal treatments, almost guaranteeing that the procedure will be quickly finished in one visit. That means that you will not have to be in the office for longer than you must, and that further reduces your pandemic risk.
UV Light in Every Room
Ultraviolet (UV) light has been used for many years to disinfect surfaces. It is even used in hospitals to clean dangerous microbes from surfaces and from the air. Consumers can also purchase handheld UV lights to disinfect rooms while they are traveling.
UV light has the ability to break down the proteins and nucleic acids that bacteria and viruses use for their life processes. In other words, it renders them dead or inactive.
It was an easy choice, therefore, to get UV lamps for our office. These are used in the recommended way by our trained staff. They are powerful sources of radiation that could injure exposed skin—only a little less energetic than x-rays—so we use them when patients are not in the room.
Our goal is to make your visit as sanitary as possible. When you enter an operating room, you can be confident that every surface is clean, instruments are thoroughly disinfected, and as many microbes as possible in the air have also been deactivated or destroyed.
Aegis Aerosol Vacustation
This remarkable device looks a little like a lamp, but its purpose is to pull particles directly out of the air and carry them away from the treatment area. The neck of the device is flexible, and your endodontist will move it to the best position during each procedure.
We were impressed when we chose this device by a demonstration. First, a stream of smoke was allowed to rise from a source unchecked. But then, the Aegis Aerosol Vacustation was placed nearby and bent into position. Immediately, the stream of smoke changed course and went into the Aegis.
From this demonstration and the associated studies, we can see that this device pulls particles out of the air. Plus, it is equipped with multiple levels of internal filters that then remove as much as 99.97% of airborne particles, bacteria, and viruses.
Studies also found that even when a dentist was using a high-speed tool, the Aegis could prevent particles from flying out and hitting the dentist. They found that almost 100% of airborne particles were also filtered at the same time. And the Aegis also includes UV light to further combat airborne bacteria and viruses.
Plus, even though it circulates all the air in a small room every five minutes, it is quieter than other units we considered. Overall, the Aegis will make you safer and more comfortable during your appointment.
Air Purifiers in Each Room
At Creekside, we also have installed powerful air purifiers in every room to remove even more particles from the air! Even though we also purify the air during procedures using the Aegis Aerosol Vacustation, we thought we could enhance safety even more using independent air purifiers.
As new patients enter the office, they might bring airborne viruses in with them. A visiting delivery driver might have a faulty face mask. Another patient may sneeze while his mask is removed. There are many possibilities. So, to protect our patients as much as we can, we operate powerful air purifiers in every single room of our office.
Air purifiers are very important in endodontic work. We sometimes use high-speed instruments while working in patients’ mouths, which can cause the microorganisms there to become airborne. If any of these pathogens should escape our other safety measures, we use air purifiers as another line of defense for our patients, staff, and anyone you might contact later.
Contact Creekside Endodontics for Safe Procedures
We have used environmentally safe methods for years. And now we are taking extra precautions during the pandemic to protect our patients from this new threat.
Considering every technology that we use, we are confident that you can safely receive the dental and endodontic services that you need from us. If you’re interested in a root canal or another procedure, call Creekside Endodontics now to schedule an appointment.