COVID-19 Update

DearMember of or NECD Family:

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 staff 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 your NECD Office found on our website (www.necdsa.com)

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

Sincerely,

Northeast Children’s Dentistry

My Child’s Crown Came Off. What do I do?

Stainless steel crowns are the longest lasting and best fitting restoration we can give in pediatric dentistry, however on some occasions, these crowns can come off, creating confusion for parents. If you follow these three steps, you can make replacing the crown a simple experience.

1. Identify the cause (and try to prevent)

The number one cause of a missing crown is sticky candy. Even the strongest cement is no match for the power of sticky candy! If your child has crowns in his or her mouth, please try to limit the amount of sticky foods they eat, this will save you several trips to the dentist, re-cementing the crown.

2. Find and save the crown

Many people assume that replacing a missing crown will be as easy as finding the same size, however nearly all crowns we have placed are custom formed to fit your kid’s unique dentition. By bringing in the saved crown, you will not only save yourself and the dentist several minutes of time, but also save your child that time from being in the chair. If you are unable to find the crown or it was greatly damaged, that’s okay we can always fit a new crown.

3. Make an appointment ASAP

Once your child’s crown has come off, the clock has started ticking before their teeth shift and make a simple replacement much more difficult or even impossible. If your kid’s teeth shift too much in between the time the crown has come off and appointment time, it basically means we have to start from scratch (meaning at the very least a shot, more drilling, and possibly another sedation or even operating room visit). Although your kid;s teeth won’t shift overnight, to prevent another office visit we highly recommend making an appointment at one of our locations the moment your notice the crown is missing.