Coronavirus Update

Thursday March 19

By order of Governor Wolff  all non life sustaining businesses are closed.  Kampas Orthodontics PC is closed. We anticipate remaining close until April 6th– but will continue to evaluate the situation.

ADA recommends will see patients for emergency treatment only.   Emergency treatment means the patient has pain or discomfort. We ask that you call to discuss your specific situation, because we may be able to suggest a solution to your issue over the phone.  Please be aware that we will perform comfort measures only at your emergency visit. 

We are manning the phones remotely from 9am to 12pm.  At other times Dr Kampas may be contacted through his cell phone.  Please text first with your name, patient’s name and the nature of the problem.  I will likely ask you to take photos of the area in question. 

Please observe good hand washing before putting fingers in the mouth.

Here are a few tips. If you are:

Actively turning an expander complete the number of turns as directed at your last visit then stop turning.  Make a note of the date of the last turn.

Loose expander- squishy expander means the expander is loose.  Stop turning and send a close up selfie of the chewing surface to Dr Kampas.  If a bonded expander falls out, try to wear it as a removable appliance. 

Wearing elastics- it’s ok to continue wearing them, stop wearing them full time if your bite feels ‘overcorrected’, in that case just wear them at night.  Send a selfie to Dr Kampas showing your bite with teeth closed from the side. Remember to perform hand washing before changing your elastics!  If you need more elastics, we can put some in the mail.

Those with braces- the orthodontic wires we use are made of a special alloy which is active over a long period of time.  Your teeth will continue to move, even without supervision. Be sure to maintain excellent hygiene.

Pokey wire-  First try putting the wire back into the hole in the back brace.  Be sure to wash hands well before attempting.  Second- if you can’t get it back in, use side cutters or fingernail clipper to cut the wire closest to the next attached brace.  If a sharp end remains, put wax over it.  Anything you remove, we can fix later.

Broken Bracket -this is not an emergency. If it isn’t bother the cheek or lips, leave it alone.  It the bracket is truly annoying, try to tease the color off of it, the bracket will  come off the wire.  It you can’t get the bracket off, cut the wire closest to the nearest attached brace.

Those with aligners- change your until you reach the last aligner you have.  Continue to wear the last aligner full time until you can be seen.  If you have questions about aligner fit, take a selfie with the aligner in place, get as close as you can to the space at the highest point on the tooth and the aligner.

Everyone- wash your hands for 20 seconds using antibacterial soap before touching anything in your mouth.

When will the office re-open? We are anticipating reopening Monday April 6th with a reduced schedule in order ensure the safety of patients and staff.  Re-opening will be based on recommendations from the CDC, ADA and the AAO.

Why can’t the problem be fixed completely, why can’t we be seen?- We are unable to obtain the protective equipment required to ensure your and our safety. Those resources have been reserved for the critical needs of the medical community. We continue to search for personal protective equipment recommended by the CDC.

Complex questions or difficult patients- text Dr Kampas.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Please continue to check your email  for more details.

Dr Kampas can be reached by texting your name, patient’s name and nature of the issue to 724 316-3332.

Please check https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html for the latest information from the CDC.

God's blessing to you and your family

Ron Kampas 

Addendum From the American Association of Orthodontists:

As a general guideline, non-elective procedures, including those considered to be orthodontic emergencies, are defined as remedying one or more of the following:

  • Significant oral pain (Please note that many patient “emergencies” can be managed by wax or sectioning an archwire with cuticle cutters/nail clippers.)
  • Infection
  • Limited function
  • Physically traumatic event yielding the above

 

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