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Do You Need Your Teeth Cleaned? It’s Safe to Visit Your Dental Office

Leaving your home during COVID-19 can be concerning and unnerving. Thankfully, at GPS Dental, we’ve taken the steps and precautions needed to create a safe and sterile environment for our patients, making it safe to visit your dental office. Our infectious disease measures were put into place long ago, and since COVID-19, our safety standards have increased to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy. 

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Read about the CDC Dental Recommendations HERE.

Dental Office Safety and Security

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), no cases of COVID-19 have been attributed to any U.S. dental practices. This is a wonderful statistic for dental offices and shows how serious dental offices have taken their safety measures.

According to the CDC, many safety practices that dental offices are using during COVID-19 were in place long before 2020 and have been adapted to meet any COVID-19 concerns. Guidelines list how offices should:

  • Clean their equipment more often
  • Have personal protection for hygienists, and wear more protective gear than usual
  • Install HEPA filters
  • Space out appointments
  • Pre-screen patients
  • Require patients to wear a face mask
  • Adhere to social distancing measures
  • And more

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The Importance of Seeing your Dentist

Oral health is so important, and when our gums and mouth are healthy, the rest of our body follows. Each part of our body is linked, so remembering to brush and floss daily are imperative to your overall health. Dental offices are now open and safe for routine visits, and it’s important to know if you have a dental emergency and need to be seen by your dentist right away. Some common dental emergencies symptoms include:

  • Dental pain
  • Gums bleeding
  • Broken tooth/crown
  • Swelling and pain

If you’re experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, then it is important to see your dentist right away.

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It’s safe to visit your dental office… so whether it’s time to schedule your 6-month dental exam and cleaning or you’re experiencing a dental emergency, Dr. Skrobanek and his experienced team take your health and safety seriously. GPS Dental appreciates all of our patients and is looking forward to seeing you and your family very soon!

Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek’s experienced and friendly team at GPS Dental offers affordable dental care for all ages in San Antonio, TX area. Our Brooks City Base dentist office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we promote dental health awareness to our patients and provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implantssleep apneaTMJ / TMD Treatmentcosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at 210-633-3477 to make an appointment. 

Accidents Happen: Emergency Dental Care

emergency-dental-careImagine enjoying a wonderful holiday break with your family. As you sit down to have a meal together, you experience an unpleasant surprise. When you bite into your food you feel a cracking sensation, followed by a sharp pain in your mouth. As the stinging in your mouth continues to worsen, the reality of what has just happened sets in; you have just broken a tooth and need emergency dental care!

Unfortunately, this make-believe scenario has been a reality for many people; when you break a tooth it’s often a sudden, unplanned problem that delays any plans you may have, because all you can think about is getting out of pain!

Who will you call when you need emergency dental care?

At GPS Dental we are prepared to assist our patients when a dental emergency occurs. When patients call in this type of scenario, we always do our best to accommodate same day emergency appointments.

There are normally two reasons for emergency dental care, restorative and cosmetic.

We provide restorative emergency dental care to help our patients to get out of pain as quickly as possible.  There are cosmetic reasons for requiring an emergency visit as well. Perhaps you have a presentation to give, or an important meeting to attend, or maybe child has a school photo in the next couple of days.

These are both valid and understandable reasons for requesting an emergency visit, and here at GPS Dental we are willing to help address these unexpected issues when they arise.

Sports Injuries can cause a dental emergency.

Injuries to the mouth and teeth during physical activity and playing sports are easily prevented with a custom-made mouthguard by the staff at GPS Dental.

A mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age. Studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer injury to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouthguard.

Broken teeth and injuries to your lips, face, jaw or tongue can be minimized, because mouthguards help cushion a blow to the face since they are typically covering the upper teeth.

The best type of mouthguard is one that has been custom-made and fitted for your mouth by Dr. Skrobanek and his team at GPS Dental. If you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well.

If you have a removable appliance or retainer, do not wear it during contact sports.

Other Reasons for needing emergency dental care:

  • Knocked Out Tooth
  • Chipped or Broken Tooth
  • Partially Dislodged Tooth
  • Abscess
  • Toothache
  • Lost Filling
  • Lost Crown

Related article: Handling Dental Emergencies

You may not be able to anticipate when a dental emergency will happen; however, you can rest assured that you will receive swift expert emergency care when you call our office.

Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek and his experienced, friendly team at GPS Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the San Antonio, TX area. Our office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implants, sleep apnea, TMJ / TMD Treatment, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at (210) 633-3477 to make an appointment.