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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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Who Needs Apicoectomies and Why?

Posted on 8/20/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
Who Needs Apicoectomies and Why?During a root canal treatment our dentist clears inflamed or infected tissue in the root of the tooth. While this is a routine process in most cases, sometimes, if the infection doesn't go away, an apicoectomy may be needed.

How Does an Apicoectomy Work?

Root canals are used all the time to treat infections of the root of the teeth, however, sometimes stubborn infected tissue can remain in the canal branches and you may need to have an apicoectomy to clear it out. However, before resorting to the apicoectomy, a second root canal may be attempted first. If this doesn't work you need a more advanced treatment.

Our endodontist makes a small incision in your gum and lifts the gum from the tooth and bone. In some cases, a drill may be used to gain access to the root, so that the infected tissue can be removed, along with a portion of the root tip.

Once this procedure is completed the root of the tooth's canal is cleaned and sealed. You will probably get an X-ray of the area before it's sealed off.

Recovery from an Apicoectomy

We will send you home with instructions on how to care for the area after the surgery. Usually we ask you to use ice for the first 10 to 12 hours after the surgery and get plenty of rest. You can also take over-the-counter medications to help with swelling and you may be issued a prescription medication if needed.

You should avoid brushing the area for the first 24 hours, but can start doing so gently the following day. You should also consider a soft diet that doesn't include any crunchy or hard foods.

As tempting as it may be, to check how the injury looks in your mouth, you should not lift your lip to examine the area because this can loosen the stitches and prevent the blood clot needed for healing from forming.

If you're diagnosed includes an apicoectomy, we will go over all the details and answer the questions that you may have about the procedure.

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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

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

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