ALL ROUTINE VISITS AND NON-ESSENTIAL TREATMENTS ARE SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19
The Mugford Center would like to provide an update to all of our valued patients with concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus.
Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) that citizens self-isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the state of Maryland recommendations and restrictions, the Mugford Center will be limiting hours of operation and treatment available.
We are dedicated to the well being of all our patients and will be available for emergency care for pain swelling and infection as well as for urgent care which requires timely treatment.
As health care professionals, we all have a role to play in “flattening the curve” by following sound, scientific public health advice to help limit infections and slow the spread of the virus.
Bearing this in mind, we are carefully screening all scheduled and necessary treatment. and only seeing patients for emergency or urgent care. We take seriously the need to be available for our patients to avoid unnecessary illness or injury as well as preventing burdening our hospitals and emergency rooms.
We will reschedule all canceled appointments in a timely manner upon returning to the office and appreciate your understanding under the current circumstances.
We will continue to closely monitor the latest information and recommendations to promote a safe and healthy environment for our patients and staff. We plan to be available to provide safe and optimal care on this limited basis.
Our infection control procedures fully cover the COVID-19 virus, as they do all infectious diseases. We are taking extra precautions in screening our employees and patients, along with sterilizing the common areas of our office often.
We look forward to seeing you at your scheduled appointments. Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns, and we will be happy to address them.
Protecting you and your smile, The Mugford Center
Is Smoking Safe When You Have Dental Implants?
Posted on 1/10/2020 by David Mugford
If you are a smoker, you have doubtless been told many times to limit or even quit smoking. To be sure, there are a number of health benefits from doing this. Now, in addition to everything else, there is another consideration to keep in mind: caring for your new dental implants.
If you smoke, it increases the chances of your implants failing. This, in turn, can lead to costly and even painful repercussions. Here is more information to help you make the best choice for your health.
How Do New Dental Implants Fail?
The most frequent problem that causes new dental implants to fail is when the metal “root” of the implant fails to properly graft to the jawbone or gum tissue. Although there are a few things that can cause this, being a smoker is one of the primary ones.
Smoking reduces the flow of blood throughout your body, including in the gum tissue and the jawbone. This means that the organic tissue is not getting the supply of nutrients it needs to properly heal. As a result of this, it is common for the implant to fail.
Your Implants and You
Getting dental implants will no doubt lead to an overall improvement in your quality of life. Although they are more expensive than other alternatives, properly healed dental implants mimic your natural teeth in look, feel, and function.
However, you do need to take a few precautions to help the dental implant procedure succeed. One of the single biggest steps you can take is to cut back on smoking. If you can, it would be even better to quit smoking completely. Doing this will give your implants the best chances of healing properly, helping to ensure that the procedure is a success.
If you have questions about your dental implants, please contact us. We look forward to helping you!