East Brainerd Oral Surgery resumed patient care services at their new temporary location on Gunbarrel Road, inside the Wilkins Center on Monday.
The practice experienced major structural and water damage as a result of the tornadoes on Easter Sunday. The temporary location is located one mile from the main office, which is currently undergoing renovations.
“We’re very excited to begin caring for patients again, and we’ve made preparations in these last weeks to provide the highest level of service our patients expect in a safe and welcoming environment,” says Bill Childress, DDS, MD, oral surgeon with East Brainerd Oral Surgery.
“We’re grateful to be in an office with six fully enclosed surgical rooms that will allow us to continue effectively and safely caring for our patients during our busiest season. We are sharing Suite 200 with the Women’s Surgery Center & Aesthetics Center. Dr. Robert Furr and his staff have made this a seamless transition as we share space for the next several months.”
Officials said, "East Brainerd Oral Surgery offers a wide range of services including wisdom teeth extraction, dental implants, bone grafting, pre-prosthetic surgery, oral pathology and advanced surgical care for facial trauma. Despite the restrictions placed on many businesses during the COVID 19 pandemic, oral surgery has continued without interruption, thanks to the already rigorous universal precautions that are required for effective infection control. Dentists as well as oral surgeons are implementing additional precautions, such as the staff wearing gowns and additional face/eye protection. These changes help ensure the safety of patients and staff alike."
“Because we’ll be working in a new location, we’ve taken extra time for training and to ensure we establish processes that are safe for everyone, including checking temperatures, limiting access to the waiting room and only allowing patients in the office, with accommodations made for minors,” says Dr. Childress. “Many conditions that require oral surgery can cause pain, swelling and limited range of motion in the jaw – symptoms that in some cases require immediate surgery. Dr. Johnson, Dr. Stanley and I remain focused on our patients and their well-being. We’re ready to get back to work relieving pain while providing access to the high-quality oral and maxillofacial surgical care our patients need.”
The temporary office hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday. For questions, or to schedule an appointment, call or text 423-296-8210.