High-quality dental care and patient comfort are our
goals. We are committed to helping you achieve the best possible dental
results in a comfortable and friendly environment.
You should have a comprehensive dental and periodontal
examination regularly, which includes a thorough examination of your
teeth and gums. We use the findings from our examination to formulate a
complete diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan for you.
Recommendations for treatment are explained at a
consultation time set aside specifically for you. The consultation can
take place at the initial appointment or can be scheduled as a separate
appointment at Dr. Richter’s request. Our goal is to ensure that you
receive the best possible information concerning your treatment options.
Our time investment in patient education enables us to render the best
possible outcome for your dental treatment.
In the last few years, patient protection has become
an issue of public concern. With the discovery of the AIDS (HIV) virus
and the medical implications of Hepatitis-B, it has become necessary for
health care facilities to consistently apply state-of-the-art
sterilization and disinfection techniques to provide patients with
In our office, your safety is our highest priority.
Throughout the day, we continuously and thoroughly sterilize our
equipment for your protection. Our protocol for sterilization includes
the following: Before and after each patient appointment, all treatment
surfaces (e.g., countertops, chair surfaces, lights, x-ray machines, and
trays) are disinfected with the most effective and safest products
To ensure your safety, we follow a number of standard
sterilization procedures with all instruments and handpieces. First,
they are brought into our sterilization room and placed in an ultrasonic
cleaner to remove even microscopic debris. The instruments and
handpieces are then rinsed thoroughly before being sterilized in an
autoclave, which runs for 50 minutes and reaches a temperature of 400 –
425 degrees, thereby destroying all bacteria and all viruses.
Our autoclave and dry heat sterilizer are monitored
regularly to ensure their efficiency and safety. Staff members use
masks, safety glasses, and new gloves for each patient. All staff
members are updated annually in proper patient protection procedures and
have been vaccinated against the Hepatitis-B virus. We will be happy to
answer any questions you may have regarding patient protection and give
you a personal tour of our sterilization facility.
We are constantly striving to provide our patients
with the finest dental care available. Our investment in advanced
technology means a long-term investment in your future. State-of-the-art
technology invites informed decision-making and enables patients to make
wise choices concerning their oral health. Dr. Richter offers the latest
dental technology for your benefit:
X-Rays: X-rays assist in the
detection of cavities between the teeth that may not be visible in the
mouth. Cavities that are just beginning can also be detected earlier on
an X-ray so that your treatment becomes less invasive and costly.
Computers: Our computer system is
designed to efficiently manage the most complex information in the
dental industry. Our system handles treatment and payment plans. We make
sure our computer system takes care of the technicalities so that you
are provided with the most up-to-date information available.
Implants: We have the ability to
place various types of dental implants. We offer a variety of different
implant systems and can perform multiple procedures on the same day. Dr.
Richter will be happy to evaluate your dental needs and determine if you
are a candidate for dental implants.
3-D Imaging: Dr. Richter uses the
latest in 3-dimensional digital imaging services, and consults regularly
with certified experts to guide him in thoroughly evaluating proposed
sites on the jaws for dental implants.
Local Anesthesia: This anesthesia is
injected into the gum tissue at or near the area to be treated,
producing a numbing effect that wears off after the procedure. Most
dental patients find that the use of the local anesthesia allows them to
experience dental treatment comfortably.
Oral Sedation: This is in a pill form
of Valium, given 1 ˝ hours
prior to your dental appointment. You will need to have a driver come
with you and drive you home.
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