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Common Dental Terms & Definitions

Amalgams

You’ve probably heard some of the debate about using silver fillings, or dental amalgams, to fill cavities. Informed patients make the best decisions about their dental care, so you should know the truth about amalgams, as well as what materials are available for filling teeth. Learn More…

Dental Crowns

Crowns can restore tooth shape, structure, strength, and function. Many materials are used for crowns, so how can you know which is best? Learn More…

Gum Disease

It hides in your mouth, destroying gum tissue and teeth, and it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and pregnancy complications. Don’t think it’s your problem? Conservative estimates report that up to 80 percent of the population unknowingly has gum disease in some form. Learn More…

Dental Implants

If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants will improve your smile and your lifestyle. Dental implants look, feel, and function like strong, natural teeth because of a titanium anchor attached to the jawbone. Learn More…

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer, which claims the lives of 8,000 Americans each year, is painless, sneaky, and often undetected until it has spread to the neck and lymph nodes. If oral cancer is detected in the early stage, patients are more likely to survive. Our office screens for oral cancer at every checkup. Learn More…

Porcelain Veneers

If you need to put the sparkle back in your smile, consider veneers. Chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth can be effectively masked with veneers, laminates, or Lumineers. Boost your self confidence and enhance your appearance with veneers because you deserve a reason to smile! Learn More…

Teeth Whitening

Popular, safe, and effective, teeth whitening can makeover your image in about an hour. If you want a reason to smile, consider in-office professional teeth whitening for a brighter smile. Learn More…

CEREC Crowns

Your time is valuable, and so is your smile. Now you can have a strong, beautiful, and permanent dental crown milled and placed in a single office visit. With CEREC technology, millions of dental patients have enjoyed the convenience of one-visit crowns. Learn More…

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment usually involves the removal of the tooth’s pulp, a small thread-like tissue that was important for tooth development. Once removed, it is replaced with materials that seal off the root canal from its supporting structures. Years ago, disease or injured teeth were often extracted. Today, even if the pulp of one of your teeth becomes injured or infected, it often can be saved through root canal (endodontic) treatment. Learn More…

Complete & Partial Dentures

Replacing missing teeth is important if you want to maintain a healthy smile and good chewing function. When teeth are missing, the remaining ones can change position, drifting into the surrounding space. Learn More…

New Reopening Guidelines

Dear Alpine Dental 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 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.

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 ask that you contact the office once you arrive in the parking lot to let us know that you have arrived. We will then call you when we are ready to seat you.

• Upon arrival we will asking some screening questions and taking your temperature. Anyone with a temp over 99.5 degrees farenheit will be rescheduled.

• We require you to be wearing a mask when you come in for your appointment.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep our patients and staff safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 763-536-1118 or email at patientcare@alpinedentaloffice.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,
George Rizkalla, DDS Team

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