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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/

Is Oral Surgery a Requirement to Treat a Dental Abscess?


Posted on 3/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
Is Oral Surgery a Requirement to Treat a Dental Abscess?A dental abscess is a small pocket of pus that is next to a tooth. An abscess will often cause pain, but that is not always the case. There have been people who have had an abscess for years without any pain, but that does not mean that you should ignore the problem.

If you have an abscess, that means that there is likely a more serious issue on the tooth next to the abscess. Leaving it untreated could lead to infection, or something much worse. Not all abscesses require surgery. Here are some of the common ways that dental abscesses are treated.

Draining
Sometimes all that needs to be done for an abscess is that it be drained. This is not as cut and dry as it may seem. There are several different methods that are used to drain an abscess, and which one we pick will depend on many different factors.

Root Canal


Root canals are a common way to treat a dental abscess, with a high success rate. With a root canal, the damaged area around the tooth is removed. Root canals have a reputation for a lot of pain afterwards, but it is not a reputation that they deserve. It is a common procedure that has helped countless people.

Extraction


Sometimes surgery is necessary for an abscessed tooth. It could be that the tooth needs to be removed in order to heal the problem. It that is the case, the abscess should heal not long after the tooth has been removed.

Ignoring an abscess can cause problems. The longer you ignore it, the worse those problems could be. The best thing to do if you think that you have an abscess is to come in and see us. We will then decide the best way to treat it.
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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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