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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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What Makes the Jaw Hurt

Posted on 6/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
What Makes the Jaw HurtIf someone punches you in the jaw, it will probably cause some pain. When it comes to why someone experiences jaw pain, that is what a lot of people think the cause is. There are a few other reasons that a jaw hurts that are probably more common than getting punched in the face. There are also ways to treat these problems so that the jaw no longer hurts.

Toothaches and other Dental Issues

When you have a toothache, it can affect more than just the tooth with a cavity. The longer the cavity goes untreated, the worse it gets and the more trouble it creates. Over time the pain from the toothache can end up radiating down to the jaw. Pain from a toothache can cause dull, constant pain in the jaw or it can cause sharp pains in the jaw. Either way, it is possible to get rid of the jaw pain by treating the toothache or any other dental issue you face.

Bruxism and Teeth Grinding

There are many people who grind their teeth when they sleep. Some people struggle with this when they are awake as well. Grinding of the teeth puts pressure on the jaw. It causes the jaw muscles to work. It can put stress on the joi9nt connecting the jaw to the skull. All these things associated with teeth grinding and bruxism can a cause the jaw to hurt.

For people who grind their teeth when they sleep, the jaw hurting in the morning is one of the main symptoms of bruxism and teeth grinding. There are different types of treatment to help alleviate the jaw pain that can occur.


Temporomandibular Joint disorder affects the joint where the jaw connects to the skull. When the joint does not function properly, it can lead to a variety of problems including pain in the jaw. There are different causes for TMJ that include teeth grinding and trauma and treatment for the problem depends on the cause of the TMJ.

We don't want people to ignore the pain they have in their jaw. There are ways to treat the pain once the cause is found. The key is to look at what the symptoms are to determine the reason. Once that is done, a treatment plan is possible.

If you have pain in your jaw, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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

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