As our nation, and every country, deals with an unprecedented pandemic, we have temporarily closed our office for non-emergency needs.

Although this helps each area of the country to minimize exposure to this virus, we hope you realize that patient safety is a priority in our office every day!

The instruments used (probes, etc.), are heat sterilized and specially wrapped to transfer to your treatment area. These steps are structured to eliminate microorganisms that can place a patient at risk.

We also use a special “flushing” process to keep water lines free of “biofilm” to eliminate buildup of particles on the interior. Thus, the water sprayed in your mouth during certain procedures has a bacteria level that is virtually non-existent.

We carefully wipe down treatment chairs, lighting, and other items in treatment suites between patients. While we want to ensure the safety and well-being of every patient, we also want to protect our staff members.

For most patients, we begin appointments by updating our files on any prescription and over-the-counter medications being taken (including supplements). This is so we can take precautions as care is provided due to the side effects of certain medications.

For example, blood thinners can increase the amount of bleeding during certain dental procedures. Knowing this before treatment enables us to minimize risks as care is administered.

Your blood pressure may also be taken before treatment begins, including dental cleanings. This helps your dental team to feel confident in your ability to undergo care. Or, an unusual reading may be a warning sign that something is amiss. Here, your dentists and most clinical staff members complete CPR training every 2 – 3 years.

Although our office is not seeing patients for non-urgent needs, we are readily available for emergency needs. Just call our main office number (219-987-5733) for instructions and you will be contacted promptly.

However, should a mishap occur during this time (or any hours the office is closed), the following tips may help minimize the severity or extent of treatment required. These include…

KNOCKED OUT PERMANENT TOOTH – Handle the tooth by the top portion rather than the root. Rinse the tooth, but do not clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert the tooth into the socket and have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a cup of milk or water and call your dentist or us immediately. Time is a critical factor in saving a tooth.

BROKEN TOOTH – Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the area of the injury. Save any broken tooth fragments and call your dentist immediately.

CUT OR BITTEN TONGUE, LIP OR CHEEK – Apply cold compress to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. Arrange to be seen in our office for possible repairs. If bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes or cannot be controlled by simple pressure, go directly to a hospital emergency room.

POSSIBLE BROKEN JAW – If a fractured jaw is suspected, use a tie, towel or handkerchief to tie underneath the chin and over the top of the head. This will help to keep the jaws from moving. Go to the nearest emergency room.

POSSIBLE BROKEN JAW – If a fractured jaw is suspected, use a tie, towel or handkerchief to tie underneath the chin and over the top of the head. This will help to keep the jaws from moving. Go to the nearest emergency room.

BROKEN BRACES & WIRES – Fortunately, most loose or broken appliances do not require emergency room attention. If the appliance can be removed easily, take it out. If not, cover sharp or protruding portions with cotton balls, gauze, or chewing gum. If a wire is stuck in the gums, cheek, or tongue, do not remove it. Take the child to the orthodontist immediately.

TOOTHACHE – Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm, salt water or use dental floss to gently dislodge trapped food or debris. If the face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Take acetaminophen for pain and call your dentist to be seen as soon as possible. Do not place aspirin on the gum or the aching tooth.

An effective preventive to many emergency needs are custom-fitted mouthguards. Unlike ‘boil-&-bite’ versions, our custom crafted mouth guards provide a far more comfortable fit. This means you or your child are more likely to wear it.

Don’t hesitate to call our office if you have a specific need that should be addressed sooner rather than later. We’re as close by as the phone: 219-987-5733.

We are a strong nation and have endured a number of challenges and we’ll get through this one, too. We MISS you and look forward to getting our patient family back to a ‘normal’ schedule!

Sending our prayers for each of you.