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To Our Valued Patients,

As this newest challenge continues to unfold with COVID-19(Coronavirus), we wanted to give you an update. First, we are currently maintaining our regular schedule. As of now, the Arizona Department of Health Services is not recommending closure or modification. We will continue to closely monitor information from the CDC and AZDHS and follow their recommendations. We will keep you up to date on any changes we may have to make via emails, our website, and social media.

Second, we would like to give you some insight into our practices to keep our team and patient family safe and comfortable. Dentistry is uniquely positioned to protect our team and patients. On a daily basis, we practice ‘Universal Precautions.’ This means we ALWAYS assume that every patient may be carrying a contagious, dangerous disease and we follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of any potential disease, including Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, HIV, AND COVID-19(Coronavirus). This has been standard of care and regulated by the Centers for Disease Control since the 1980s with the AIDS
epidemic.

These measures include:
1. Strict hand hygiene protocols.
2. Use of single use disposable protective equipment and barriers.
3. Thorough disinfection of exposed or potentially exposed surfaces after every patient visit.
4. Disinfection and high-heat steam sterilization of instruments. Routine monitoring of sterilization verification.
5. Continual education on infection control techniques.

In addition to these mandated measures, we have also implemented:
1. Disinfection of common area surfaces every 30 minutes.
2. Availability of hand sanitizer in common areas.
3. Screening everyone who enters based on CDC recommendations.
4. Pre-procedural mouth rinse.

We are happy to address any concerns you may have. We will continue to care for our patient family during this time following all best practices and will monitor CDC guidelines for any new recommendations.

Thank you for being a part of our family. Thank you for allowing us to care for you and your family. Please know we are here to support you and help you in any way that we can.

In good health,

Link to article:
https://bangordailynews.com/2020/03/12/opinion/contributors/dentistry-is-well-poised-to-ensure-the-safety-of-our-patients/

Defining Impacted Teeth


Posted on 9/10/2016 by Andrew Zeiger
Canker Sores

An impacted tooth is one that fails to emerge within an expected developmental timeframe.

Tooth impaction is a fairly common occurrence, and while sometimes it doesn't cause any issues, it can have an effect on your dental health and may require treatment.

What Causes An Impacted Tooth?
There are several issues that can cause an impacted tooth. First, the tooth attempting to erupt may be colliding into a nearby tooth. The tooth could be growing sideways. It may be blocked by bone or gum tissue. Or, it could be that your mouth doesn't have sufficient space for the tooth to grow.

Wisdom Teeth
While impaction can happen to any tooth, wisdom teeth are most often the teeth that are affected. Also known as the third molars, wisdom teeth are the last to come in, often erupting in your late teens. Because these teeth are the last to emerge, there is often not enough space to accommodate them. Because of this, they often run into other teeth.

Issues
An impacted tooth can cause a number of health problems. If the tooth is colliding with a nearby tooth, the rest of your teeth may be displaced. If it is partially emerged, you could face tooth decay.

You may also suffer a gum infection, as bacteria feeds on food particles trapped near the gum surrounding the exposed part of the tooth. There is also a chance you may suffer no issues at all.

Symptoms
Symptoms of an impacted tooth include:
•  Pain. This if often due to the affected tooth running into another. You may also experience pain in the back of the jaw or when you chew on the side of the mouth where the impacted tooth lies.
•  Infection, which can be caused by tooth decay of the exposed part of the tooth or from bacteria along the gum line.
•  Swelling and redness, also known as pericoronitis.
•  Bad breath and an unpleasant taste.

It is also possible to experience no symptoms. A dental exam and X-rays are needed for a true diagnosis.An impacted tooth often needs removal, which requires oral surgery.

If you suspect you have an impacted tooth, contact our office right away.
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