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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 Does a Pulpotomy Differ From a Pulpectomy?

Posted on 4/20/2018 by Surprise Smiles Office
Pulpotomy Surprise Smiles AZ 85374-2451If you are experiencing an extreme pain in your tooth, but you do not know or see any signs of cavities or decay, then it might be a pulp injury or a pulp infection. This kind of situation leads to excruciating pain, tooth sensitivity and swelling of your gums.

This dental problem focuses on the pulp of your tooth, which is located at the root or the center of your tooth that is made up of nerves, tissues, and blood vessels. This is why a pulp problem is so painful.

There are two dental procedures that can help save your tooth, which are the pulpotomy and pulpectomy, but, what is the difference?

Pulpotomy vs. Pulpectomy

Both of these dental procedures are forms of pulp therapy, but there is a slight difference.
Pulpotomy is a form of pulp therapy that is administered by dentists if the problem remains isolated on a particular part of pulp alone. This means that there are no decays and severe injuries present on the pulp root and other areas of the teeth.

Pulpotomy includes the removal of the affected pulp, which aims to treat and restore the affected tooth. To do this, a gap inside the tooth will be the result and this will be filled with a therapeutic material that will block any infection.

So, what is pulpectomy? The process is still the same. Drill, remove, and fill. However, a pulpectomy is required if the entire tooth pulp is already affected. Severe tooth decay and tooth injuries will not be restored and treated by the pulpotomy, which means that pulpectomy is already needed.

Which One Do You Need?
To determine what type of dental procedure you need, we will run some series of X rays to determine if the infection, injury, and decay is severe or mild. Once the problem is determined, the right pulp therapy will be given.

Still confused? No worries, we got your back. Save your teeth and save your smile! Contact us today!

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15128 W Bell Rd, Suite 12
Surprise, AZ 85374
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Prescott Valley
7136 East Pav Way
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

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Chino Valley, AZ 86323
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Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 443-1200

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