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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

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:

Can Your Broken Tooth Be Surgically Repaired?

Posted on 10/20/2016 by Andrew Zeiger
A diagram of how a dental crown works.You're sitting at the table and enjoying your meal, when all of the sudden you bite down on something hard. You feel something strange and a small twinge of pain occurs.

You run to the bathroom and look in the mirror. Your tooth is broken. Broken teeth are a common occurrence. Fortunately, they can be repaired.

Dental Bonding

If the break is small, your tooth can usually be repaired by bonding. The bonding agent is similar in color to your natural teeth, meaning it will blend right in. This procedure, however, is not permanent, and will need to be replaced from time to time.

Dental Veneers

When you break part of a front tooth, you can get a veneer. This is a thin shell made to cover the whole tooth. Part of the enamel is removed and an impression is taken. When the veneer is made, the tooth is made rough for the cement to hold better and the veneer applied.

Dental Crowns

When you break part of your molar, a crown may be recommended. A crown is like a cap, made of porcelain (so it looks like the rest of your teeth) that covers your broken tooth, preventing further damage. A local anesthetic is given, any necessary pieces of the tooth are removed and the tooth is shaved down. An impression is taken and a temporary crown given. Once the permanent crown is ready, it is attached to the tooth with cement.

Root Canal

If the break goes into the pulp of your tooth, you may need a root canal. The pulp is at risk of infection, leaving your tooth vulnerable to decay. With a root canal, you are given a local anesthetic and any infection, the pulp and the root are removed. A crown is often placed over the tooth to prevent further damage.

Dental Implant

Sometimes, the tooth cannot be saved. If a break has extended down past the gum line to the root, it may need to be extracted. A dental implant can be used to replace the tooth. This procedure requires a local anesthetic.

Your dentist then drills into the jawbone and inserts an implant that will then fuse to the bone, acting like a root. A temporary tooth is given while you heal. After several weeks, the permanent one is affixed, and no one will be able to tell the difference between the porcelain replacement and the rest of your teeth.

When you break a tooth, don't worry. You have plenty of options available to fix it, keeping your smile just as beautiful as it has always been.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your broken tooth.

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15128 W Bell Rd, Suite 12
Surprise, AZ 85374
(602) 842-4864

Prescott Valley
7136 East Pav Way
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

Chino Valley
1260 Hwy. 89, Ste. G
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 589-1776

172 E Merritt St.
Suite F
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 443-1200

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