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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/

When You Need Surgery for a Tooth Abscess


Posted on 2/10/2017 by Andrew Zeiger
A woman suffering from a dental abcess.
A tooth abscess occurs because of an infection inside of your tooth when the nerve of the tooth is dead or dying. Bacteria cause a pus-filled sac (the abscess) to form, which contains the infection either inside the root of the tooth or just outside of it. Abscesses can be painful, and also dangerous.

Left untreated, the infection can quickly spread throughout the rest of your body. Therefore, it is imperative that you get an abscess treated right away.

Symptoms
Abscesses in the teeth can occur as the result of tooth decay, gum disease or an injury to the tooth that has opened it up to bacterial invasion. They can also happen if a filling becomes infected. Symptoms include:

•  Severe pain, especially when chewing.
•  Toothache.
•  Sensitivity to extreme temperature changes.
•  Inflamed gums.
•  Bad taste in the mouth.
•  Bad breath.
•  Nausea.

It is also possible, especially if the nerve has completely died, that you won't feel any symptoms at all.

Common Treatments
There are a few common treatment options for a tooth abscess. No matter which is used, the abscess itself must be drained to prevent spread of infection.

•  Treating tooth issues or gum disease. Taking care of tooth decay by cleaning it out and administering fillings as soon as they are discovered can take care of abscesses. So, too, can eradicating gum disease.
•  Antibiotics. Antibiotic medication kills any infection causing bacteria that haven't been cleaned out and may have spread to other parts of the body, stopping the spread of infection.
•  Root canals. A root canal cleans out the inside of the tooth and removes the nerve and root, after which the canals are filled and a crown given. The crown preserves your tooth and acts as a barrier to prevent new infection.

Surgical Procedures


Occasionally, when an abscess has been left untreated for a long period of time, surgery is required. If a root canal isn't a viable option, the tooth will need to be removed, and the abscess drained. Any surrounding infected tissue will also then be removed.

If the abscess has spread quite far, for instance to the bottom of the mouth, the abscess will require a surgical procedure to drain it. Surgery may also be required if a root canal doesn't take care of the abscess, and fill in the tips of the tooth roots.

If you suspect you have a dental abscess, contact our office right away to schedule an appointment. The sooner you address the issue, the less severe the treatment plan will need to be.

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Chino Valley, AZ 86323
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