What Sets Us Apart

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Our practice is unique because our mission is different. Our stated mission is to help you keep your teeth for a longer lifetime.  That requires we provide you with an excellent examination, provide quality comprehensive care, and provide the best preventive and continuing care available. Our patients benefit from the quality, long-term dental health care they receive. We hope that you agree and will join our family of patients.

We Begin By Safeguarding Your Health

Two common concerns patients have are about infection control and radiation exposure from dental x-rays, so let’s discuss both of these.

We value the trust you show in our office. We want to reassure you we comply with the guidelines for sterilization and patient protection from the American Dental Association. I wanted to share with you some of what we do to protect you.  Our philosophy has always been and will always be “to treat our patients as if they were our own family members.” Here are some things that our dental office does to protect you:

• Our philosophy is:   If it can’t be heat sterilized, use disposable. The best method of sterilization is autoclaving. The process    utilizes steam pressure to kill bacteria and viruses. If an item cannot withstand the extreme heat and pressure of an  autoclave, we attempt to use disposable. Those few items that are not disposable and cannot be autoclaved are covered  with a disposable barrier and wiped clean with a surface disinfectant after use.

• We monitor our autoclave with weekly spore testing.  Each week, we submit a test to a monitoring service to verify the    effectiveness of our autoclave.

• We treat the water in our dental unit waterlines. Dental unit waterlines can be a source of infection. Each of our dental units  is equipped with a closed water bottle system. These systems allow us to treat and flush the units to prevent build-up of  potentially dangerous biofilm.

• Our treatment rooms are sanitized after each patient. Before you enter our examination and hygiene rooms, all surfaces  including the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles, x-rays sensors and unit, computer and mouse, and countertops have  been cleaned and decontaminated and fresh disposable barriers placed.

• All of our dental team members involved in contact with patients always wash our hands before and after each and every  patient and use only fresh gloves.

• In order to reduce post-operative discomfort and reduce the spread of colds and viruses, we request each patient complete  a 30 second mouth rinse prior to treatment. The rinse significantly reduces the bacteria and viruses found in the office air and  on exposed surfaces.

• In order to reduce your exposure to bacteria and viruses, we have installed HEPA air cleaners in each treatment room. It has  been shown that use of these air cleaners significantly reduces the chance of infections. 

Safety of Dental X-Rays

In order to provide the highest level of safety for our patients, we follow the ALARA principle.  ALARA is an acronym for As Low As Reasonably Achievable.  An essential part of dental care, radiographs provide necessary diagnostic and treatment information unavailable by any other method. 

We utilize the most current methods to reduce radiation exposure:

  • We utilize digital imaging to help reduce radiation
  • We have invested in high quality equipment which allows us customize the type of image we need, thus allowing for lower dose imaging when possible
  • We utilize protective aprons
  • We only obtain radiographs when necessary

Radiation is a natural phenomenon. We get it from food, air, cosmic radiation from space, and from the ground (typically from radon gas that seeps from the earth).  The EPA estimates that a person living in the United States receives about 3,000 microsieverts of radiation each year from these background sources.  So how do dental x-rays compare?

Single digital radiograph

Four bitewing x-rays

Digital Full Mouth Radiographs

Digital Panoramic

**ConeBeam CT (small view)

**ConeBeam CT (maximum view)

Chest X-Ray

Mammogram

CT of the Chest

5*

20

90

15

12-20

10-38

100

400

7000

*Unit is Microsieverts

**Low dose vs high resolution imaging

Examination Process

Excellence in dentistry begins with a careful diagnosis and treatment plan to move us toward the goals we will establish together. We will perform a comprehensive examination of the teeth, gums, bite, jaw joints, and soft tissues. When needed, and with your permission, we will utilize all appropriate x-rays. At times we will use intra-oral photographs and study models of your teeth and jaw to identify areas of concern. We believe this in-depth examination to be the cornerstone of quality dentistry.  To be able to serve you better, we are constantly upgrading our skills and technology.  An enhanced oral cancer sceening exam using the Velscope and Diagnodent laser cavity exam are two examples of the enhanced services we offer.

Prevention

We have centered our practice on prevention and health as opposed to one that simply emphasizes emergency and repair care. The supporting gum tissue and bone are just as vital as the teeth themselves. The best way to protect and maintain the crucial supporting structures is to have regular hygiene appointments and excellent daily home care. We will design an ongoing program of care with you, so you may continue in excellent oral health.  View our Optimal Home Oral Health Care recommendations.

Comprehensive Care

Because of his extensive continuing education, Dr. Markiewicz is frequently able to provide all the services needed to restore your mouth to an optimum condition. In some instances, your needs could be better met in the hands of a specialist. If so, be assured that Dr. Markiewicz and the specialist will work together closely in the diagnosis and treatment planning of your care.

Restorative Dentistry

Patients suffer many dental problems because of inadequately planned treatment. Restorative dentistry is the branch of dentistry that takes into consideration your needs, wants and values. It designs the one, best treatment plan that will fulfill your needs and goals.

Cosmetic Dentistry

One of the most fascinating emerging areas of dentistry is cosmetic dentistry. New, innovative procedures are available today which were unheard of five to ten years ago. New materials and techniques enable us to literally transform smiles and to enhance self-esteem and self-image.

Implantology

Dental implants allow us to solidly and permanently replace missing teeth in patients who previously had to settle for a looser fitting, removable type of tooth replacement like dentures. We work closely with a specialist who places the implants. Dr. Markiewicz then completes your treatment with the appropriate restorative dentistry.

Emergency

We recognize that emergencies do occur. Our office phone number is answered 24 hours a day by a team member or our voice mail system informing you of how to reach Dr. Markiewicz. If Dr. Markiewicz is unavailable, you will be given instruction on how to reach the Dentist covering emergencies for Dr. Markiewicz. We provide special priority status for you or any family member who has been seen during the previous year in our practice.

Questions

Our team members are well trained and dedicated to make a difference for each and every person we are privileged to serve. No question is too small or insignificant for us to answer. Please give us feedback as your opinions and ideas are very important to us.

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