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Getting Married Soon

Smiles can be transformed. This patient was getting married in a couple of weeks and wanted her teeth to be remembered more affectionately in photographs. We didn’t have the time to send off a lab case for crowns, so we quickly rebuilt a beautiful smile with composite(tooth-colored fillings). Even though we may be able to hide our teeth behind masks now, it is important to care for our hidden gems(pearly whites).

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Reopening softly on May 19!!!

Much has been happening over the course of the last eight weeks!!!  I have been looking forward to this day for quite some time, but have also enjoyed some much needed business forensics and family time.  I thank all of you for being patient with our reopening, because much thought and preparation had to occur before restarting.  Our schedule will be more spread out and fewer hygienists will be working at any one time.  We will have some new protocols and will be screening patients, the details of which are in the email we sent which I will post on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/RestorationDental/ We will be staffed all this week with phone warriors, who will be going through our very long list of reschedules.  If you want in for a more urgent matter, please call us.  We plan to be here this week Tuesday-Friday 8-3 each day.

The COVID pandemic has certainly decimated much in the ways of life, business, community and trust.  It has also created space for many of us who are too busy to realize the important things in life and grieve where we were blind to those who need us most. Thankfully, this season of unemployment has given me clarity for the sake of my family, my business, my health and my heart. I hope the same for all of you!

Peace,

Dr. Dave McNay

Coronavirus updated

The American Dental Association and the Georgia Board of Dentistry have encouraged the dental community to stop elective procedures for the next three weeks. We as dentists and hygienists are at the front line of creating aerosols and sprays when doing cleanings and other procedures.  To protect both our staff and our patient base, we must limit the potential to spread this novel virus.  What this means for our practice and you as our patient.

  • We will be rescheduling all cleanings through April 3rd.
  • We will be rescheduling smaller and non-symptomatic fillings
  • We WILL be seeing Emergency patients (deep cavities, broken teeth, painful teeth, and infected teeth) to lower the burden on the emergency departments at local hospitals.
  • If your appointment is with us after April 6th we will keep everything as normal for now.

Thanks so much for your understanding and trusting us to do the right thing at the right time.  Again we hope these drastic measures push down the spread and impact of this horrible virus. You all are the best patients a dentist could ever ask for!!! My cell phone is on the voicemail message if you are having an emergency.

CoronaVirus Protections

It is really important to stay a couple of steps ahead in our preparedness and sustainability as a healthcare business in light of the spreading COVID-19 coronavirus. In light of its potentially problematic influence, we have adopted these new best practices for the safety of all involved.

  • Encouraging non-emergent patients over the age of 60 to delay their treatment until the COVID-19 threat level has lowered
  • Encouraging those who have recently traveled internationally to delay their appointments for 2-3 weeks
  • Rescheduling those with a recent respiratory illness or close contact with someone suffering from a respiratory illness
  • Rescheduling those with a temperature screening at home or our office that is over 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Disinfecting the reception area and doorknobs every hour with a high-level, broad-spectrum surface disinfectant

The processes we have already systematized at Restoration Dental to ensure patient and staff safety are including but not limited to sterilization, disinfection, hand sanitizers, barriers, office cleanliness, HEPA air filters and staff wellness. We strive for the health of our patients and ourselves and we hope that fewer people will be affected by this virus than anticipated.  Stay well and keep those hands clean!!!

Dr. Dave and the Restoration Dental Team

Rest for the Weary

We will be closed Christmas week and New Years week to deep clean the carpets, air ducts, ceilings and to get some much needed rest for myself and my staff. We have truly enjoyed having THE best patients, and because we can count this, we had over 6000 appointments this past year. We wish everyone a blessed rest over this holiday season!!!

Holiday Hours and Same Day Smile

We will be closed Wednesday July 3rd, Thursday July 4th and Friday July 5th for the holiday. Our staff has been working their hearts out providing high quality care and they need a break (as do I). Here is a case of discoloration on two front teeth due to poor enamel formation while this patient’s teeth were developing. The tooth on the left of the picture had much more deep grey and brown internal colors which we worked hard to block out. Celebrate!

Holiday Hours

‘Tis the time for a hiatus from the hard work of our Amazing staff on Amazing Patients! I can’t stop bragging on how we have been blessed by your trust in, commitment to and good words about us.  We will be closed the entire week of Christmas, and the hygienists will be back on Jan 2, 3, 4 while I am hiking, fishing, and game-playing with my family in a quiet lean-to in North Carolina. My family is the reason I started my own practice; for maintaining a healthy marriage, letting my kids know my heart and me knowing theirs.  If you have an emergency there will be more info on the outgoing message of the office phone number. Peace and Rest!!! Dr. Dave

ZocDoc appointments

As you may well be aware, we have this awesome BLUE button on our restdental website that allows you to access our schedule and do your scheduling online. It is through a cool company called ZocDoc, and historically they have been awesome to us although they have changed some of their policies as of late. AS A RESULT we ask you ONLY press the button on our website and not through their website. As long as you schedule through our website our profile is visible, but if you go straight to their website they reserve the right to make my entire profile disappear.  Slippery sales tactics? Trying to increase their power over practices? The cost of doing business? You get to decide… Either way we long for new patients but will not be receiving them through ZocDoc anymore. )^; We really appreciate your kindness in word-of-mouth and internet/social media referrals which are an honor that we guard jealously.  May your summer be happy and bright!

Gift-Giving Time

Tis the season when gifts are given, received and purchased. As a child, I would tend to set my sights too high (the Red Rider bb gun!) and be disappointed. Somehow my parents would know how much I longed for a certain gift and after all the gifts had been opened they would say, “Dave, I think I see a present peeking out from behind the couch. Did you check back there?”. My parents are amazing gift givers, and if any of you are lucky enough to know them you will have been blessed by their generosity.

What are some of the deciding factors that help us to be appreciative gift receivers, thoughtful gift givers, perpetual gift thinkers, and so on? It is a very valuable GIFT to be a giver, and similarly it is an even more valuable GIFT to be a gracious receiver. I will encourage you in all of these practices. Peace(Shalom) to all of you! May generosity be a calling card of yours!

Last Minute Cancellations

We all want control over our lives, but there are circumstances that happen upon our paths that we would or wouldn’t choose. Sometimes we have to cancel appointments that we had scheduled or we just forget. In the same vein, most of us want what we want quickly and efficiently, if we can’t get it at our local neighborhood market we are going to go to our 24 hour big box store or buy it online and expedite the shipping.  Restoration Dental has gratefully and thankfully become increasingly more busy in the last five years, which in turn changes the dynamics of availability. We will consistently work emergencies in quickly, but the routine checkups and cleanings have been more challenging. These are our most cancelled appointments and reciprocally they are the most sought after!!! How have we helped you?…during this busy season we hire extra hygienists to take on more patients, we confirm patients earlier to know where we have openings, and for last minute cancellations, either we can put you on a short-notice call list or the appointment shows up on ZocDoc. What can you do for the practice?…attempt to set up your six month care appointments in the spring and fall(these times are more available), and don’t leave our office without setting up your six month appointment. My sincere thanks for your patience with us as we set up systems to avoid having any troubles scheduling you. You all are awesome and I really appreciate all of you!!! Dr. Dave McNay

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