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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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Oral Piercing Infections

Posted on 10/19/2020 by Candice
When a patient first has an oral piercing, it is important to pay attention to the site and keep it clean to avoid possible infection. The introduction of bacteria can happen simply by eating or drinking or certain sexual activities. Following a new piercing, there may be a time period where the site has redness or minor swelling. Throbbing, a warming sensation around the site or even discharge is also to be expected in some cases. Although this is considered normal. If these symptoms persist beyond the first two weeks you may have an infection and should seek advice from a trained professional to clear the infection. If this goes on untreated, it can turn into a serious blood infection known as sepsis. If there is excessive swelling, heightened sensitivity, severe pain, a fever or a yellowish discharge, these may be signs of an infection. How to Decrease my Chances for Infection There are several simple steps patients can take to greatly decrease their chances of contracting an infection. One of the easiest is to simply watch what they eat or drink while the piercing site is healing. Think about it. A piercing is a wound. Do not eat any foods that might get caught in the site. Avoid spicy foods and limit coffee and alcohol intake as they act as a blood thinner and can harm the cell structure surrounding the piercing site further slowing the healing process and complicating the site. Patients should wash their hands several times a day and avoid touching their face or mouth. They should also avoid sharing food or drinks and kissing. Continue proper dental care by flossing and brushing regularly to keep bacteria from entering the piercing site. Proper cleaning of the piercing site should happen two to three times a day and over-the-counter pain relievers and creams should be avoided. We are available to answer questions regarding oral piercings....

Benefits of Getting a Single Dental Implant for Just One Missing Tooth

Posted on 10/5/2020 by Candice
While most people consider getting a dental implant when they are missing multiple teeth, they can be placed for just a single tooth as well. Some might wonder why would someone want to bother going through the entire process for just a single tooth. But they should consider the consequences. Our biting motion put pressure on both the upper and lower teeth, which in turn cause the gums and the jawbone to work to stay strong and securely hold the patient's teeth. If even just a single tooth is lost and not replaced then that pressure is lost. When it is lost, the jawbone can actually begin to do what is called resorb which essentially breaking down, leading to bone loss in the area where the tooth is missing. If this happens, then additional procedures need to happen before an implant can be placed. This is because when there is bone loss, the underlying structure is not strong enough to support an implant. It also means there is not enough bone mass to embed the implant into the bone. Rather than having to deal with bone grafts and other expensive and highly invasive procedures why not get a single implant now? Those take longer to recover from and can be incredibly expensive. Why Should I get a Single Dental Implant? Implants are made of the actual implant, which is a screw shaped appliance which is embedded into the jawbone. This forms the foundation of the implant. The titanium abutment is the piece which screws into the implant so it is held securely. The final piece of the implant is the crown which is the visible part of the implant. This is attached to the abutment and colored to properly match the rest of the patient's natural teeth. What questions do you have regarding a single tooth dental implant?...

Uses of an Oral Splint

Posted on 9/21/2020 by Candice
When it comes to a device such as an oral splint, there could be a number of reasons why our dental professionals may recommend, or even custom fit one for you. Oral care is one of the most important aspects of our overall health care and it is crucial to being able to function on a daily basis and performing basic necessary tasks such as eating, drinking, and talking. It is also tied directly into our self-confidence and esteem. Although, as we mentioned, there are several uses for an oral splint, we would like to share two particular benefits to using one that some of our readers might find would be helpful in their own cases: Ease Tension and Provide Stability For patients who are struggling with issues like TMJ, often times the jaw muscles stay very tense and clenched up. A device such as an oral splint provides the wearer with the ability to relax those stressed and strained jaw muscles. Help To Prevent Bruxism Another fantastic use for these appliances is for people who struggle with grinding their teeth. If you or someone you know has an issue with this condition then you already know the damage it can do, not only to the teeth and gums, but also the pain it can cause in the jaws and all throughout the rest of the mouth. An oral splint can help drastically reduce those problems. To find out how one of these dental devices might help you with these or other issues, all you need to do is get in touch with one of our staff members here at our office. We would be glad to discuss your options with you further, as well as set up an examination to see if you are a good candidate for this method of treatment....

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Oral Piercing Infections
Benefits of Getting a Single Dental Implant for Just One Missing Tooth
Uses of an Oral Splint
What to Do Should an Oral Emergency Arise?
Benefits of Sleeping On an Incline After Oral Surgery
Talk to Us if You Have Swelling In Your Mouth and a Fever
Are There Any Jaw Exercises You Could Do to Improve Your Jaw Pain?
Ways We Can Help Treat TMJ Issues
Why We Want To Help if You Have a Cleft Palate
Benefits of Getting Dental Implants Instead of Dentures
Orofacial Pain is Not a Way of Life You Need to Struggle With
Causes of Rough Skin Inside Your Mouth
Is It Normal to Get Narcotics After Dental Surgery?
The Point of Splitting Teeth for An Extraction
Reasons Cheeks Often Swell After Any Oral Surgery Procedure
Times Where a Custom Mouthguard Could Keep Your Teeth Safe
Some Abscesses Need Our Attention to Treat
When You Should Avoid Ice Following Oral Surgery
Snoring is Actually a Symptom of Larger Problems
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options We Can Provide
Which Over the Counter Meds Should You Have on Hand for Oral Surgery Recovery?
Why Straws Are So Dangerous Following Oral Surgery
When a Tooth Cracks in Half, Can It Be Saved?
What Can Be Done to Reduce the Chances of Implant Rejection?
Crown Fractures Are Something to Call Us About
Can X-Rays Show Oral Cancer?
Foods to Keep Around During Oral Surgery Recovery
Following an Auto Accident, We Need to Check Your Mouth if You Have Pain
It Is Best to Turn to Us When You Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Is the Ringing in Your Ears Something We Can Treat?
Why We Sometimes Need to Help You Recover from an Oral Burn
What Makes the Jaw Hurt
Not All Wisdom Teeth Cause Trouble as They Erupt
Mouthguards Can Protect Your Teeth from Incidental Damage
When Is a Bone Graft Considered Healed?
What We Do During an Oral Biopsy
Most Common Needs for Dental Crowns
Is Oral Surgery a Requirement to Treat a Dental Abscess?
How Bruxism Wears Down Your Enamel
Do You Need Stronger Sinuses? A Sinus Lift Can Help
Why Ringing In Your Ears May Stem from a Jaw Problem
What to Expect During Jaw Reconstruction Recovery
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
How to Get Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
Having Surgery Prior to Getting Dentures Can Give You a Better Fix
First Steps to Take Following Dental Trauma
Signs to Look for If Your Jaw Hurts Following a Car Accident
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of
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How Long Do Bone Grafts Take to Heal?
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Treating a Jaw That Grew Unevenly
Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon Before Getting Oral Surgery
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Signs You Need to Speak with an Oral Surgeon for TMD
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How to Maintain Oral Health Following Oral Surgery
Things You May Do that Cause Your Own TMJ Pain
The Connection Between Unhealthy Teeth and Ringing in Your Ears
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