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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/

Why You May Want to Keep Your Wisdom Teeth


Posted on 2/20/2017 by Andrew Zeiger
A woman worried about her wisdom teeth.
The average person has 32 teeth. The last four to erupt are known as the wisdom teeth (third molars). They get their name because they often erupt in your late teens to early twenties. Most people encounter issues with their wisdom teeth and wind up having them removed.

There are some people who undergo the removal procedure as a precaution, even when no issues are present. If you are one of those people considering surgery despite not having any problems with your wisdom teeth, you may want to think again before having them pulled.

Unnecessary Cost
Like any other medical procedure, it costs money to have your wisdom teeth pulled. Insurance will often cover at least part (if not all) of the surgery if it's deemed necessary. However, if it is not necessary, insurance may not cover all of the procedure, and then you get stuck with an unnecessary medical bill. Why spend the money if you don't have to?

Surgical Complications


Having your wisdom teeth extracted requires surgery. And with surgery, there come side effects and complications. You may wind up facing:

•  Pain and swelling.
•  Dry socket.
•  Hemorrhage.
•  Infection.
•  Fractures to the jaw.
•  Sinus exposure/infection.
•  Complications with anesthesia.

Keeping your wisdom teeth in saves you from suffering any of these issues.

Healing Time
After surgery, you will require downtime in order to properly heal. This can put you out of your normal routine for days. You can't exercise, or exert yourself in any manner. You need to avoid eating certain foods for a while.

Even though the healing time is not that long, if it's not necessary, why put yourself through it? Plus, if you're a smoker, you are going to need to give up the habit, at least for a while during the healing process in order to avoid further issues.

If your wisdom teeth are not causing you any issues, removing them may not be necessary. The best way to determine whether or not they should come out is to contact our office and have a thorough examination.

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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

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


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