Who We Are Together
Updated 2 April 2020
ClearChoice Centers have realigned available services to provide emergent and essential dental care for patients with immediate health needs, including pain or infection. ClearChoice Centers are complying with all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Dental Association (ADA), clinical, and local health orders and guidelines in their area.
With our nation and our network responding to the current threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, we are reaching out to you to share some perspective on receiving dental care with ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers. As with any rapidly developing situation—and especially in one with geographically-specific dynamics—we are working around the clock to consider new information and to always operate in the best interest of our patients, our communities, and along with our fellow healthcare professionals. Our intention in writing is to provide some fact-based education on the scope of that care and the confidence that can come from that information.
On the spectrum of dental care, ClearChoice is a network of 63 specialty dental practices focused on implant-based solutions for tooth replacement. With over 100,000 procedures performed in our 15 years of healthcare operation, the network and its highly-trained practitioners are focused on the essential work of removing disease and decay, restoring dental function, and oftentimes, improving overall health. In this time of crisis, we are rapidly adapting our individual practices to focus on the specific needs of each community we serve, to follow all regulations and guidelines, and to focus only on what has been determined by the American Dental Association (ADA) to be urgent (essential), or in more restricted areas, emergent only care. That is what we do.
We are a mission-driven organization: providing a platform of hope to those in need. As a network, ClearChoice is comprised of over 200 dental specialists—prosthodontists and oral surgeons—including extensive current and past leadership in many dental implant-related organizations. Importantly, we are individual practitioners and members of our various communities, committed to doing what is best for our patients, staff, and fellow dental and medical professionals. And that is who we are.
More important than who we are, however, is who we serve. 37 million people in the US—~15% of the adult population—suffer with severe tooth loss and the clinical conditions that are often associated with it — decay, infection, significant pain, and related systemic health issues. For these patients, the choice to pursue treatment is often not an elective option, but rather an essential, and sometimes emergent, decision to remove infection, relieve pain, and restore health. During this time of crisis, we have reoriented our practices to screen for dental emergencies (active infection, abscesses, chronic pain), and have eliminated routine, non-essential services.
This leads us to why we remain open in most of our locations. ClearChoice remains open to serve a patient population who critically needs us. One of the primary controllable contributors to Emergency Room visits is dental-related; removing options for those in need may unnecessarily divert them to the overburdened ERs dealing with the coronavirus. We take great precaution in providing a safe environment for treatment: above our normal standard of care, we have heightened our already robust cleanliness protocols and we strictly follow CDC guidelines. You can learn more about the specific measures we are currently taking here: https://www.clearchoice.com/patient-health/
We know that this may be an uneasy time for many, but along with our practitioners, suppliers, and the dental and medical professions, ClearChoice is here to serve you now and in the future. We will continue to do so, in the safest and most responsible manner possible. And that is who we are together.