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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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Some Abscesses Need Our Attention to Treat

Posted on 1/20/2020 by Andrew Zeiger
Some Abscesses Need Our Attention to TreatPeople don't always enjoy coming to see us. We can't blame them for fearing a visit. However, there are many cases where visiting us is very important, even lifesaving.

One of those cases is for tooth abscesses. When a tooth abscess is small, you may be able to get an easy treatment, such as antibiotics. When the abscess gets large, you may need surgery, which is when you get to come and see us. Let us tell you a little more about abscesses.

What Is An Abscess?

At the root of any tooth abscess is an infection. If you get a cavity, you know that the cavity begins when bacteria drill a small hole in your tooth's enamel. Over time, the cavity gets bigger and bigger, until it reaches your tooth pulp, which contains nerves and the blood supply to the tooth. It is also the gateway to the tooth. When your tooth becomes infected, we can fix it with a root canal if we catch it early enough. That means we make an incision in the top of your tooth, take out the infected pulp, fill the tooth with composite, and put a crown on the tooth to keep it strong.

However, if the tooth is too infected, an abscess will form at the root. This is a cavity in your mouth full of pus, which is not good for anyone.


If you have an abscessed tooth that has become very infected, you will have some pretty serious symptoms. You will be in severe pain, in fact, the pain may be so bad you start sweating. You may have a fever, and you may be dizzy and nauseated. This is when you need to come in and see us. Your abscess has gotten to the point you need surgery to clean it out and fix it. If you don't get your abscess treated, the infection can spread to your teeth, other areas of your mouth, your brain and your heart- which is never a good thing.

If you think you may have an abscessed tooth, you need to come and see us as soon as possible. That's because there are ways, we can heal the abscess and even save the tooth.

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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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