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.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA&C), Health Canada and the Canadian Centre For Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
To ensure the health and well-being of our patients and team members, we have installed 2 different types of air purifiers at our dental office. Both of these are manufactured by the Canadian company, Surgically Clean Air.
Both of these filters perform their duties without being loud, (an industry-leading low level of about 55DB) or creating a “breeze” that can be uncomfortable for our patients.
Some additional changes you may also see when it is time for your next appointment. For example:
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 (403) 382‑2273.
So come on in to get your dental work done and enjoy Surgically Clean Air!
Your Lethbridge TMJ Dentist
Here at Cool Dental in Lethbridge area, we offer treatment options for temporomandibular joint disorder. This includes the use of TMJ orthotic appliances.
A TMJ orthotic appliance is designed to correct the position of the lower jaw. Also called a bite splint, it’s an acrylic device that helps relax and balance the jaw joints and muscles. It also helps align the muscles and skeletal systems located at the head, neck, shoulders, and back.
Note that the TMJ orthotic device is different from the teeth grinding or bruxism appliance. The latter is made to alleviate symptoms of bruxism and is fitted over your upper or lower teeth.
Like any other dental appliance, the TMJ orthotic can also wear over time. Once your jaw muscles relax and your TMJ symptoms have minimized, you may proceed to phase 2 of your treatment option.
The goal this time is to make the balance in your bite more permanent. We can include other restorative dental treatments, such as crown placement, on this phase.
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Complex cases of TMJ disorder can include two treatment phases.
For the first phase, you’ll be using an orthotic device. We also analyze your bite, check the position of the jaw bone, and identify which muscles are causing the pain and discomfort.
These steps help us to determine where the orthotic should be placed and for how long you need to wear it. We’ll monitor your symptoms to see if they’re disappearing and check with you how the device helps relieve any pain or discomfort.
For the second phase, we may recommend wearing a long-term orthotic appliance, which is made of more durable materials to withstand wear and tear. We may also replace missing teeth or recommend getting orthodontic treatments, such as braces.
Depending on the condition of your mouth and jaw, we can also include crowns and veneers in your treatment plan.
Don’t feel overwhelmed as we’ll be taking things one step at a time. We’ll first have to get you out of pain and go from there. We must identify the source of the pain to effectively address the symptoms.
We’ll be able to determine the best treatment option for you through a comprehensive examination. We recommend booking an appointment with our Lethbridge dentist, Dr. Lachman, to get started.
If you’re ready, call us today at (403) 382-2273 and we’ll help you find a schedule that works.