Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

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. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

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 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

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Cleanings & Exams

Tartar, tooth decay, and other issues can easily develop and go unnoticed, even if you brush and floss daily.

Regular cleanings and exams can eliminate tartar and allow your dentist to catch issues in the earliest stages, when they are most treatable.

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Biannual exams provide much more than just clean teeth.

Checkups benefit whole-body health.

Bacteria in plaque and tartar can cause gum disease, which has been linked to heart disease and other conditions. Routine exams can protect your periodontal and overall health. Many exams also include an oral cancer screening.

You can improve your at-home care.

Your dental team can pinpoint room for improvement in your daily oral hygiene routine based on the state of your smile. They can coach you in choosing more effective products and using them in the most beneficial ways.

Checkups are affordable.

Under most insurance plans, six-month exams cost nothing extra, or only require a co-pay that costs less than a tank of gas. Meanwhile, treating minor decay is far less costly than a root canal or, in extreme cases, dental implants.

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Tooth decay and gum disease are common. They are also easily avoidable through checkups.

What will it cost?

The good news is that regardless of whether you are insured, comprehensive dental exams carry a highly affordable price tag compared to what you can expect to pay for the treatment you will likely need if you neglect to undergo regular checkups. The average out-of-pocket expense for a cleaning and full exam is $198. Meanwhile, gum disease treatments such as scaling and root planing can exceed $1,000, a root canal can cost $700 to $900, and replacing a single tooth with an implant and crown can cost $3,000 for the implant alone.

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What Happens during an Exam?

Your dentist will perform a visual exam using an intraoral camera to assess the state of your teeth and gums. 

X-rays will allow your dentist to further examine your teeth, dental roots, and jawbone for any signs of decay, fractures, or infection. 

Your dentist may conduct an oral cancer screening by visually examining the soft tissues of your mouth or using a special tool to detect abnormalities.

A dental hygienist will carefully remove any plaque and tartar. 

Your teeth will be polished using a gritty paste and a special rotary tool.

Your dentist and hygienist can provide any necessary suggestions for more efficient brushing and flossing.

At-home care is not enough.

Even if you brush and floss daily, never smoke or drink, and subsist on a diet low in sugar, there are still many factors beyond your control when it comes to your oral health. In fact, genetics and hormonal changes alone can spur many oral health issues, including gum disease. Meanwhile, some issues present no initial symptoms whatsoever, especially to the untrained eye. The regular attention of a dentist is the best way to protect your smile and many aspects of your overall health.

Regular dental checkups can save you money and help you avoid many painful oral health issues. It could even save your life. Speak to a dentist about scheduling an exam and cleaning today.

Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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