Vitacare Dental Centre – Workplace COVID-19 Safety Plan for Patients:

This plan is current as of May 20th, 2020. Note that because SARS-CoV2 is still considered a novel virus and the trajectory of the pandemic is still changing, safety measures may also be altered accordingly. The protocols presented here are in accordance by recommendations presented by the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC). Note that the CDSBC flows the rules and regulations of that provided by the provincial health officer, BC Centre of Disease and Control, and Worksafe BC.

Staff, dentists and patients are not to enter the clinic if they:

1. Have any COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, sneezing, post-nasal drip, loss of smell, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, malaise and/or headache

2. Have had close contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 individual in the last 14 days; or

3. Have travelled internationally in the last 14 days

Booking your dental appointments:

1. During this time, your dental needs will be triaged and we will be prioritizing emergent and urgent care.

2. Appointments can be made by phone or email. You must have an appointment to enter the clinic. Please arrive on time. If you arrive early, please wait in your vehicle until your designated time to minimize contact with other departing patients.

3. You are to come alone to your appointment. One parent, guardian, or caretaker can accompany a child or person that requires additional assistance to an appointment.

4. When you arrive at the clinic, we will provide you with hand sanitizer, take your temperature and ask you screening questions.

Waiting room:

1. Physical distancing will be in effect. Maintain 2-metre distance between one another.

2. There will be a limited number of people allowed in the waiting room at a given time.

3. Plexiglass barriers will be placed at the front desk.

4. Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected routinely.

Treatment rooms:

1. Dentists and dental assistants will be wearing enhanced personal protective equipment, which may include face shields, gowns, and respirator masks.

2. You will be asked to rinse with a hydrogen peroxide mouthwash for 30 seconds prior to your treatment.

3. There will be infection protocols requiring more time for disinfection of the rooms in between patients.

4. As always, instruments and equipment are properly sterilized to kill all microorganisms.

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Gum Grafting

Gum disease, aging, and even rough brushing can lead to gum recession, a condition which causes sensitivity and other harmful symptoms.

To restore the look and feel of your gums, the Vitacare Dental Centre team can perform a periodontal surgery known as gum grafting.

Why should you consider undergoing a gum graft? 

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Gum Grafting Can Restore the Health and Comfort of Your Smile

Gum grafting is a procedure that allows for the replacement of gum tissue lost to recession. Recession occurs when gum tissue shrinks away from certain teeth. It is caused by poor hygiene, aggressive brushing, genetics, smoking, and/or poorly aligned teeth.

Recession results in exposed roots that can be more susceptible to decay and temperature sensitivity. When this thick band of gum tissue is lost, the remaining loose gums and bone can quickly shrink away, possibly leading to future loss of the affected teeth.

During a gum graft procedure, a new piece of tissue is placed over the area of recession and held in place with very fine sutures. With new and advanced techniques in grafting, this is a much more comfortable procedure than it used to be.

1. Success Rate of a Gum Graft Surgery
The success rate of this procedure highly depends on the amount of pressure exerted on the graft post-surgically and the extent of the initial recessive defect. Narrow defects that have intact tissue in between the adjacent teeth, generally have a higher chance of success. Any movement to the grafted tissue during the healing period can affect the efficacy of the surgery. For example, the graft can move by simply stretching your mouth open while trying to look at it.

2. Expected Healing Time
The days following gum graft surgery, the soft tissue will shrink and the swelling will reduce. The tissue binds to the root surface and surrounding bone surface, and begins to mature. Formation of new vessels is the most important part of this process as it ensures blood supply to the newly-grafted soft tissue. Hence wound stability is essential for vascularization (formation of blood vessels).

Generally, soft tissue healing takes between 4 to 8 weeks. The time mainly varies on the size of the surgical site and a patient’s healing capability. Healing takes longer for patients who are immunocompromised or smokers.

3. Post-surgery Diet
The first several days after surgery, you will only be able to eat soft foods. Soups and smoothies are recommended until you are comfortable with solid foods.

Learn More Today

Find out if a gum graft is right for you by contacting our office online or calling (778) 355-3535 today.

Vitacare Dental Centre team

Vitacare Dental Centre

At Vitacare Dental Centre in Coquitlam, we are proud to offer personalized dental treatments in a warm, welcoming environment. Drs. Alex Wong and Vanessa Lee use modern techniques and the latest technology to improve the health and appearance of your smile. We are proudly affiliated with several prestigious organizations including:

  • Canadian Dental Association
  • British Columbia Dental Association
  • College of Dental Surgeons of BC
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (778) 355-3535 today.

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