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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/

Types of Bone Grafting Materials


Posted on 3/20/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
Bone Graft Surprise Smiles AZ 85374-2451If you have missing teeth and have been thinking of acquiring dental implants, you may be required to undergo a bone augmentation procedure.

This happens when it is determined that your jawbone does not have the required dimensions to support a new implant.

Bone grafting involves the use of material from a different part of the body, or the use of specially designed grafting materials that fuse to the jawbone to improve its density and structure. Here are some of the well-known types of grafting materials commonly used in dentistry today.

Autologous


This is a type of grafting that involves the transfer of bone material from a different location in the body. The bone may be extracted from a nonessential bone. Since the bone is derived from the same individual the risk of rejection is lower.

However, this means that the patient will have to undergo additional surgeries to acquire the required bone material needed for grafting. The main drawback of this type of grafting is that the patient could be at a greater risk of complications and may require a longer recovery period.

Allografts


This is bone acquired from the human body, but the patient gets the material from a donor rather than from his own body. The material must be sterilized to prevent the transmission of infections and deactivate active protein compounds.

However, the extent of sterilization can minimize its osteoconductive properties which contain growth factors which facilitate contains important biological factors that help to facilitate growth.

Synthetic Materials


The bone can regenerate if it has the space and the growth factors that will enable it to grow. For synthetic dental bone grafts a material that mimics the chemical structure of the bone is used.

Over time it will stimulate the bone to regrow and the synthetic material will dissolve. The main advantage of synthetic materials is that there is no need for multiple surgical procedures, and the risk of disease transfer is minimized. If you have any questions about dental implants or bone grafts, don't hesitate to call us today.
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Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

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Chino Valley, AZ 86323
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172 E Merritt St.
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Prescott, AZ 86301
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