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What kind of dental practice is SVDG? My partner, Ron Ames, DMD, our associate Jon Owen, and I want profit to be a side effect of doing the right thing for our patients each and every time we are together. If you as a patient could benefit from treatment, great! Let’s communicate the cost and arrange a time to satisfy a need. If you’re in great shape, fantastic! We’ll cheer you on toward a great next visit as well. We are not pressured by anyone above us to “produce”. There is no one offering us a bonus if we talk Ms. Smith and 34 of her peers into whitening her teeth this month. At Spring Valley Dental, there is no one between my patients and me. It comes down to what a patient wants.

Why pay attention to Vitamin D levels? Having sufficient levels of Vitamin D is proving to be fairly critical to early implant success. Some studies have shown a 3X increased failure rate in a group that had insufficient Vitamin D. This particular vitamin is found in relatively few foods, and our best source is when sunlight hits our skin. But between poor diets and indoor jobs, up to 70% of our population is being shown to have deficient levels of Vitamin D. This deficiency is evidently limiting the amount of calcium uptake by our bodies, and calcium has long been known to be a critical factor in bone formation.

Everything that comes close to a patient gets bombed by disinfectant or steam sterilized. Then, areas most frequently contaminated are wrapped with materials that can be discarded. In light of the Coronavirus, we have spent additional attention on areas outside our treatment spaces.  Throughout the day, we are disinfecting areas of the office such as door knobs, restrooms, faucets and other items that are touched frequently. Between each patient, we are disinfecting technology devices to ensure cleanliness. Appropriate personal protective equipment is worn by all team members.

March 28, 2020

What is a dental emergency? At this time, our dental professionals are limited to seeing patients who have:  •  Bleeding that doesn’t stop • Painful swelling in or around your mouth •  Pain in a tooth, teeth or jaw bone •  Gum infection with pain or swelling •  After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal) •  Broken or knocked out tooth • Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer • Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheek or gums • Biopsy of abnormal tissue Call us, 618-632-8471 as there are ways to ease our patients minds and pain even if we can't see you in the office today.

March 18, 2020

While we believe maintaining oral health is key to our overall health, we have made the difficult decision to follow the Illinois State Dental Society’s recommendation to reschedule all non-essential appointments until April 30th. We believe this closure will allow us to more effectively evaluate this dynamic situation and support the CDC’s guidance of social separation. It is critical to do our part to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.

December 12, 2019

January resets the game table as dental coverage changes bring uncertainty and our patients, thankfully, call the office looking for advice about how to navigate the dental insurance waters in hopes they make the best choice. What questions do they ask? I thought I'd share them! 1. Which plans are in network with Spring Valley Dental Group? 2. What does it mean to me if Spring Valley Dental Group is out of my plan's network? 3. I see several versions of the same dental plan with different prices as my options, which do I choose? 4. As a provider, what's your view of dental insurance?

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