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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/

Crown Fractures Are Something to Call Us About


Posted on 9/20/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
Crown Fractures Are Something to Call Us AboutWhen you hear the word crown in relation to dentistry you probably think of the crowns we put on a damaged tooth. In reality, the crown is a part of your tooth.

The crown of your tooth is the part that is covered with enamel. When your teeth first come in, this is the part you can see sticking up through the gums. When we refer to a crown fracture you will refer to it as a broken or chipped tooth. Should you call us if you break or chip your tooth? Yes, you absolutely should.

There are two kinds of fractured crowns. Some are complicated and others are uncomplicated. When you have an uncomplicated crown fracture, it involves only the enamel or the enamel and dentin portions of your tooth. When you have a complicated crown fracture, the enamel and dentin are affected, but the pulp is also exposed.

In the anatomy of your tooth, the enamel is the part your brush and it is a protective covering for the internal parts of your tooth. The dentin is the next internal layer of your tooth and inside of that is the pulp. The pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels and extends all the way down to the root of your tooth.

How Do You Treat a Fracture?


First, we examine your tooth and take x-rays to determine the amount of damage done to the structure that is not visible to the naked eye. An uncomplicated fracture involves only the enamel or the enamel and dentin structure. We will check to ensure that tooth fragments weren't embedded in your lips, tongue or gingiva and we test to see if your pulp is sensitive. If it is a small fracture, like a chip, we may simply smooth the rough edges. If it's a larger fracture, we may be able to restore the tooth structure.

If you have a complicated fracture the treatment is different. The initial exam is the same. We check for embedded fragments and take x-rays. We don't test your pulp sensitivity because the pulp is involved is visible. The x-ray for a complicated fracture also includes the soft tissue that has been injured to be sure the pulp wasn't contaminated by any foreign bodies. What we want to accomplish is to make sure your pulp retains its vitality and your teeth look good and can function properly.

If you break or chip your tooth call us immediately. Some treatment options are dependent on the amount of time that has elapsed between the time of the accident and the time treatment begins.
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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

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


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