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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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The Point of Splitting Teeth for An Extraction

Posted on 3/10/2020 by Candice
The Point of Splitting Teeth for An ExtractionAlthough it's ideal to avoid extraction of a tooth as often as possible, sometimes it's a necessity for maintaining your oral health. We can perform an extraction in our office as a safe and effective outpatient treatment.

Why an Extraction?

There are many reasons to have a tooth extracted, including severe damage to pulp tissue or tooth structure from neglected decay or physical trauma. Overcrowded teeth are another reason teeth may need to be extracted, in preparation for orthodontic or oral surgery procedures. Extraction is also often recommended for patients with a compromised immune system, who can't risk the rapid spread of infection from decay. Finally, advanced gum disease can cause degradation of tooth structure, loosening teeth significantly and requiring extraction.

Tooth Extraction Procedure

Both oral surgeons and dentists can perform tooth extractions, using a local anesthetic to numb the site for extraction. However, a general anesthetic is often recommended for patients with certain diseases or medical conditions. In the case of an impacted tooth, we will remove bone and gum tissue covering the tooth, in order to gently rock the tooth to loosen it from your ligaments and jawbone holding it in place. Once your tooth has been extracted, we will scrape the empty socket to remove infected tissue, irrigate the socket, and examine the site for loose tooth or bone fragments.

Will My Tooth Need to Be Split Prior to Extraction?

When a tooth is extremely hard to pull, it may need to be split into two pieces to prepare it for extraction. This makes it easier to remove and leaves fewer remnants of tooth structure in the dental pocket, which can make the preparation process more involved and risks infection if not completely removed.

Having a tooth extracted is not anyone's idea of fun, but it can be a comfortable and safe experience that can greatly improve your oral health. For more information on the possibility of tooth extraction for you or your family, contact our office for a consultation.

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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
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Chino Valley, AZ 86323
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172 E Merritt St.
Suite F
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 443-1200

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