We feel patient education is very important and recognize that the best treatment option differs from one individual to the next. Our goal is that you are completely informed concerning your condition, your options for treatment, and any treatment to be performed. We encourage you to voice any questions you may have.
We fully adhere to professional standards of cleanliness, sterilization, and radiation control. Our staff are likewise knowledgeable on the latest techniques.
We know that preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV, herpes, hepatitis and even the cold virus is critical.
We use barrier techniques such as disposable masks and gloves and replace them with every patient. Each piece of fixed operatory equipment is disinfected with antibacterial/antiviral solution prior to every clinical procedure. Sterile water delivery systems are utilized. We use autoclave sterilization for all instruments prior to dental examination and treatment. You can be assured that our staff have been specifically trained on sterilization procedures and their importance.
Patients with certain medical conditions (e.g. valvular heart conditions and artificial joints) are required to pre-medicate with antibiotics prior to treatment. We require this with your safety in mind. Please inform us if you have a condition that might require pre-medication.
Post Treatment Instructions
After treatment, home care and medication instructions will be thoroughly explained. For your convenience, you will also be given printed instructions. Of course, we are always available for questions after treatment.
We go to extraordinary lengths to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible during dental procedures. Please click here for more information on this topic.
We continually integrate proven technologies into our practice. Below is an introduction to some of the advanced equipment we use:
Digital charting is a efficient means of tracking a patient's dental history. It also provides high-quality visual aids for patients to view changes in their dental health. Rather than relying on general charts and models, Dr. Bardsley can explain the diagnosis and treatment options using specific information.
Lasers (Odyssey Diode Laser)
Lasers can be used to get rid of periodontal bacteria in coordination with traditional techniques, such as Scaling and Root Planing or Pocket Depth Reduction (see the Periodontal Treatment section). In some cases a dental laser can be used to go deeper in the pockets around teeth in a less invasive manner. Lasers can also be used in several other procedures, such as gum contouring and crown lengthening. Dental laser technology has been in use for nearly 20 years.
You may have seen a magnifier lenses in a jewelry store when the jeweler was closely examining a diamond. Dental magnifier lenses are made for periodontists to view your teeth and gums in minute detail during periodontal procedures. Dr. Bardsley uses magnifier lenses in many procedures to ensure more precise treatment.
Natural Bone Morphogenic Protein
Bone Morphogenic Protein is a growth factor used in the production of new bone. When periodontal disease leads to the disintegration of the jaw, thus preventing adequate placement of implants, Dr. Bardsley can employ natural bone morphogenic protein to re-grow the patient's jaw, and therefore place the implant.
Low Radiation Digital X-Rays
Digital X-Rays are taken with very low radiation and have more flexibility in terms of rendition. They are also more convenient when planning treatment with your general dentist.
Panoramic Radiography helps us more precisely diagnose and treat periodontal disease, as it images all the relevant angles. It also allows us to more accurately place dental implants.