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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 to Expect During Jaw Reconstruction Recovery


Posted on 1/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
What to Expect During Jaw Reconstruction RecoveryAny type of oral surgery requires a recovery time, and jaw reconstruction is no different. If your jaw has been damaged or if you're in need of corrective jaw surgery, you'll need this procedure.

It can actually require you to stay in the hospital for several days since it involves cutting the jawbones and moving them. Following this procedure, you'll need to be prepared for a long recovery time. Here's what you can expect during that recovery.

It Will Take Six Weeks
In most cases, it takes about six weeks for your jaw to heal to the point that you're not in pain or notice any swelling. However, it may take as long as 12 weeks for the jaw to fully heal. If there are complications or an infection, it can take longer.

In most cases, you won't be out of commission for all of that time. You can usually go back to work or return to your regular schedule anywhere from one week to three weeks after your surgery. It all depends on how you're healing and how much pain you're in. We do recommend you plan to rest for the full three weeks simply because you must give your jaw the time it needs to heal.

Be Prepared for Pain
While you're in the hospital, you'll be given pain medication. You'll also be given a prescription for some medication to take during recovery. Usually, this prescription is not refilled, which means once it runs out, you'll take over-the-counter medication for pain.

However, you shouldn't be in pain for that long. If you find that you are hurting for longer than you should be or that the pain gets worse, call us right away. Do you believe you need jaw reconstruction surgery or have questions about it? Call us today to get answers.

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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

Chino Valley
1260 Hwy. 89, Ste. G
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 589-1776

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


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