Covid-19 Update

August 31, 2020

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and while many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety! Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and this is one area where we are continually making improvements.  Besides our standard infection control procedures, we have made several other office changes to keep you safe. We understand that some of you may want to delay or reschedule your appointments and we are happy to do this for you. Please give us a call and we will find a time that is convenient. With our additional safety procedures in place and your cooperation we feel that we can provide great care in a safe environment.

 Some of our new procedures:

We complete a pre-screening questionnaire the day before all appointments. We ask our patients to wait in their car until the time of their appointment so that we limit the number of people in the office at any given time. We take temperatures as soon as patients arrive in the office and require all patients to wear masks while not in a treatment room. The clinical team wears two masks as well as a face shield to protect our patients. And, we have reconfigured the front desk to include plexiglass barriers and “stand stations” to show where patients should stand to follow social distancing requirements. In between appointments we are using hospital grade disinfectant to clean all surfaces in both our treatment rooms as well as in the front office, bathrooms and reception area, and these areas are being disinfected on the hour. Finally, Dr. Andy regularly reviews the latest updates on how to best manage patient safety as we learn more about the virus.

We look forward to continuing to provide you with great care in the safest way possible during these unique times!

Wisdom Tooth Removal: What You Need to Know

Millions of Americans undergo wisdom tooth removal each year. Many of those surgeries are performed when the third molars fail to fully erupt. Dr. Andy Maples can remove wisdom teeth that are impacted, infected, or causing teeth crowding. His Loveland, COdental practice team is dedicated to providing an experience that is comfortable, personalized, and exceptional in quality. In addition to being a graduate of Seattle's Clay Center in the areas of periodontics and prosthodontics, Dr. Maples goes above and beyond Colorado's required amount of annual continuing education requirements.

Benefits of Wisdom Tooth Removal

While wisdom tooth removal may sound painful, the majority of patients who undergo the procedure report minimal discomfort associated with the removal of their molars. There are many oral health benefits following the outpatient oral surgery. A few of these include:

  • A virtually pain-free procedure: Wisdom tooth removal will be performed using local anesthesia. Our practice also offers oral sedation if you are anxious about the procedure.
  • Restored oral health: Wisdom teeth are generally problematic and can cause teeth crowding, decay, and gum disease. Removing your wisdom teeth can lead to improved oral health outcomes in the long term while lowering your dental bills.
  • Relief from discomfort: Many patients have their wisdom teeth removed to find relief from pain. Cavities, impacted teeth, and infections can cause severe pain if left untreated.
  • Candidacy for orthodontics: One barrier to candidacy for Invisalign or traditional braces is teeth crowding. By removing your wisdom teeth, you can improve your candidacy for teeth-straightening treatments.
X-ray image of an impacted tooth in need of wisdom tooth removal.
Using digital x-ray technology, we will closely examine your teeth before recommending wisdom tooth removal. 

Are You a Good Candidate?

At West Lake Dental, we offer advanced imaging technology, including CBCT scanners and digital x-rays, to diagnose the cause of your wisdom tooth discomfort. One possible cause may be impaction. The warning signs of this condition include:

  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Swelling near wisdom teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Difficulty or pain when opening your mouth

These symptoms should be taken seriously. An infection can spread quickly, compromising the health of surrounding teeth and gum tissue.

Beyond having impacted wisdom teeth, candidates for this procedure often have:

  • An abscess (advanced infection)
  • Advanced dental decay
  • Recently experienced an injury
  • Pain radiating from one or more teeth

The Tooth Removal Process

Dr. Maples will closely examine your teeth before recommending wisdom tooth removal. During your procedure, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the areas around your wisdom teeth so you feel little to no discomfort. Patients who are nervous about the procedure can benefit from our oral conscious sedation options. An incision may be made around the tooth before the molar is broken into smaller pieces and carefully removed.

We are dedicated to providing an experience that is comfortable, personalized, and exceptional in quality.

After your wisdom teeth have been removed, any incisions will be sutured closed and gauze will be used to control bleeding. Light swelling, bruising, and intermittent bleeding is to be expected on the first day or two after surgery. Soreness should completely subside by the first week. Full recovery usually takes around two weeks. 

Contact Our Office Today

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort from your wisdom teeth, we recommend contacting us immediately. Even if your wisdom teeth are not causing problems, they can lead to undesirable complications later. Dr. Maples will help you determine if wisdom tooth removal is right for you. If you undergo this outpatient surgery, you will be working with a highly skilled team of oral health professionals. Dr. Maples completes about 150 hours of continuing education each year, far above the 15 hours mandated by the state of Colorado. To schedule an appointment to discuss wisdom tooth removal, contact our office online or call (970) 669-1444.

Our team

West Lake Dental

At West Lake Dental in Loveland, CO, Andy Maples, DDS, and his team provide excellent dental care to patients of all ages. Whether your dental needs are routine or advanced, we can serve you at our comfortable, inviting office. Dr. Maples is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Colorado Dental Association
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • The Misch International Implant Institute

We invite you to schedule an appointment today by contacting us online or calling (970) 669-1444.

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