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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/

What to Do Following a Tooth Extraction


Posted on 9/23/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A woman in pain after a tooth being extracted.It can be a bit scary to face a tooth extraction, especially when the extraction is unexpected due to trauma. Have no fear, we have just the tips that you should know in order to weather the storm and come out smelling like daisies!

Tooth extractions are very common and no matter what the reason, we have the knowledge and expertise to guide you back to a healthy and happy mouth.

The Blood Clot is Important

When a tooth is extracted we will pack the site with gauze in order to stop the flow of blood. Soon after (30 minutes to an hour) the blood will have formed a clot in the site.

This blood clot is key to the site healing successfully. In order to ensure that the clot stays put, it is important not to explore the site with your tongue. Sometimes it can be tempting to feel around when things change dramatically in your mouth, in this case, try your best not to.

During the healing process it is important not to use straws to drink with and smoking is definitely not advisable. Suction in the oral cavity can cause the blood clot to break loose.

Allow Time to Heal

Over the next couple of days make sure to be mindful of the extraction site. Eating things that are hard or pointy could pose a risk to the site and ought to be avoided. Take pain killers as directed and try to stay comfortable.

Consider Tooth Replacement

It is important to replace teeth as they are lost. Dental implants offer a great tooth replacement option that gives you all the advantages of a real tooth.

If teeth are lost and not replaced, there is a high likelihood that further tooth loss will occur. Permanent and removable dental bridges also offer great tooth replacement options.

Please contact us if you have any questions about teeth extractions.
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