Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays. For more COVID related information click here.

How Evolution Is Changing Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom teeth may sound fancy and important, but we actually don’t need them. Some people never even have them come in, while many end up getting them removed at some point in their life. So why do we have them in the first place? And what’s in store for their future? Let’s take a quick look at how evolution is changing wisdom teeth!

The Past

Here’s the common hypothesis when it comes to how wisdom teeth first went “out of fashion”: Back in the day, before our ancestors had tools around to break up their food, it was important to have strong teeth with large chewing surfaces. Then when tools came on the scene and humans began to farm, their diet changed from lots of course food like wild roots and meats to include more soft, produced foods like wheat and milk. Over time, having those extra molars just became less and less important.

The Present

Due to these changes in lifestyle and evolution, human jaw sizes have become smaller throughout the years. Because of this, there often isn’t enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to come in properly. That’s why so many people have to get them removed before they cause crowding and crookedness with other teeth.

The Future

As this evolutionary trend continues, one study suggests that one day in the future, wisdom teeth will evolve away completely based on a mathematical formula that predicts the growth of teeth.

Affordable Wisdom Teeth Removal

Until that day comes, however, people may still need to get those third molars removed to save themselves from some trouble down the line. If your wisdom teeth are giving you problems and you’re ready to say goodbye to them, contact us at Stono Dental Care. We provide gentle, affordable wisdom teeth removal from our dental practice in Johns Island.

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Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays

Over the next few weeks, we will slowly start to reopen our practice. As most of you know, most dental problems get worse overtime, and we want to treat dental issues before they become bigger problems. We want to ensure our patients that we are taking COVID-19 (and all infectious diseases) seriously and are adding extra precautions to protect you and our team.

We are offering special hours and accommodations for our senior and high-risk patients:

  1. Special hours: We are reserving 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays for our seniors and high-risk patients.
  2. Mobile check-in: There will be no need for you to come into the waiting area. When you arrive, text 843-779-9096 or call 843-203-5429 to let us know that you are here. We will come to your car, bring you in the side door, and take you directly into a treatment room.
  3. First in room: You will be the first patient using the treatment room in at least 36 hours, since we are not normally open on the weekends or Wednesdays.
  4. Paperwork: Any paperwork that you need to complete will be sent to you via email or text so that you can complete it on your own device. We will also allow you to complete the paperwork in the treatment room using paper or a disinfected iPad.
  5. Mask: If you do not have a mask, one will be given to you to enter and exit the office. Our team will keep masks on when we are within 6 feet of you. Since we will be wearing masks, please forgive us if it makes communication harder and please know that we are still smiling underneath.
  6. Closed rooms: Each of our treatment rooms are closed with walls and doors and have their own air return vent. Closed rooms are very effective at keeping potential diseases from spreading from room-to-room.
  7. Check-out: The check-out process will be performed in the treatment rooms. After you are finished, you will leave the office through the side door and avoid the waiting area.
  8. Additional screenings: We will be screening all patients and team members for travel, symptoms associated with COVID-19, and contact with anyone showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. The temperatures of all patients and team members will be recorded.
  9. Mouth rinse: All patients will use a mouth rinse to destroy viruses and kill bacteria before treatment.
  10. Limit office traffic: We will require all non-essential families/friends to stay at home or wait in their vehicles during appointments.
  11. Infection control: We will continue our normal practice of following universal precautions, as we always do. This means after every patient, the room will be disinfected with chemicals that have been shown to be effective against the coronavirus in 30 seconds (Optim1), the instruments will be sterilized, and our team will continue to wear appropriate protective equipment such as mask and gloves.
  12. Addition cleaning: More frequent sanitation processes for the reception area and bathrooms.
  13. Suctions: As many of you know, we have always used special suctions. Not only do these suctions isolate the area being worked on and protect patient, they also prevent the spread of disease.
  14. Clean air: We have added additional air purification systems to our office.
  15. Stono Dental Care is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team. Thank you for your patience and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Take care,
Andy Game, DMD, MBA

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