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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/

What are the Signs That You Have an Impacted Tooth?


Posted on 5/10/2017 by Andrew Zeiger
A woman suffering from an impacted tooth.
An impacted tooth is one which does not fully emerge through the gums. There are several reasons that a tooth can become impacted.

The most common teeth to be at risk of impaction are your wisdom teeth, or third molars, which don't emerge until your late teens or early 20s. Impacted teeth can lead to serious complications.

What is an Impacted Tooth?


An impacted tooth is one that does not emerge completely through your gums. It is most often due to a lack of space in your mouth for the tooth to fit in properly.

Sometimes, the tooth can grow sideways, into an adjacent tooth, which can then lead to issues such as damage to adjacent teeth and shifting your teeth out of their natural placement. In other instances, the tooth has only partially emerged.

Signs of Impaction


For some, impacted teeth might not show any signs or symptoms. However, for most people who have impacted teeth, there are a few signs to be on the lookout for:

•  Pain. The pain typically radiates around where the impacted tooth resides. As it affects adjacent teeth, the pain becomes worse.
•  Your gums may become swollen, tender and might even bleed. This can make brushing and flossing extremely painful.
•  Swelling around the jaw. As time goes on, swelling becomes quite noticeable, and it becomes difficult to open your mouth.
•  Swollen glands around the neck and shoulders.
•  Headaches.

Treatment
Untreated, impacted teeth can lead to serious issues, such as damage to the surrounding teeth, gum disease and cysts. Fortunately, impacted teeth can be treated. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, the course of action is removal, as these teeth do not serve any important purpose.

If other teeth are impacted, your oral surgeon will most likely work with an orthodontist in order to help the tooth emerge and move it into its proper place.

If you are experiencing severe pain in your mouth, do not ignore it. Pain is indicative of a problem, and that problem could be an impacted tooth. Contact our office right away.


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