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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,

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How to Handle Graft Pain

Posted on 3/10/2017 by Andrew Zeiger
A patient suffering from severe gum disease.A graft is a surgical procedure that replaces soft tissue or bone. A soft tissue graft is often used to replace missing gum tissue due to gum recession. A bone graft is done to replace missing bone in the jaw.

This particular graft is usually done prior to dental implants, to provide the jaw with the bone mass needed to hold the implants firmly in place. No matter which type of graft you have undergone, you will need time to heal. And some pain is to be expected during this time. Here is how to handle it.

Most over the counter pain medications are sufficient to handle pain from a graft procedure. However, you should avoid using any medications that contain aspirin, as these thin the blood and can promote bleeding.

Pain is usually the worst 6 hours following the procedure after the anesthesia has worn off, so to prevent severe pain, take a dose of medication before the anesthesia completely wears away. Your dentist may also prescribe you stronger pain medication if over the counter ones aren't enough. Only take these as directed.

Limit Activity
Rest is important. Not only does it help to prevent pain after a graft, it helps you to heal. Avoid doing any type of strenuous activities for at least the first few days after your procedure. Sit or lie down with your head elevated. Do not do anything that requires you to bend over or do any heavy lifting. This will also limit swelling, which can otherwise lead to more pain.

Eat Soft Foods After a Tissue Graft

Eating a well-balanced diet is imperative for proper healing, but the texture of your food is just as important. Stay away from foods that are hard or crunchy, as these can irritate the graft site and cause severe pain.

Instead, opt for softer foods. You may even want to have only liquids for the first day. Smoothies, yogurt, mashed sweet potatoes, and well-cooked vegetables are all excellent options.

Pain after a graft is to be expected, but it can be managed at home. But, if you experience unbearable pain that cannot be managed even by prescription pain medication, uncontrollable bleeding, excessive swelling or a fever, contact our office right away.

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Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
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Chino Valley, AZ 86323
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Prescott, AZ 86301
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