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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/

Dealing with Pain After Getting a Filling


Posted on 12/13/2016 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A man in pain after getting a dental filling.
Following a new filling, it is common that your tooth is going to be a little tender, and possibly even sensitive. Most people have tenderness for a day or two and then it goes away on its own as the tooth begins to heal around the new filling.

However, during that day or two, the pain can be distracting and keep you from being able to do what you normally would. Here are a few things that you can do to help reduce the pain after getting a filling.

Reducing Pain Following a Filling

You can first try anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen. They can reduce pain and swelling by lowering the inflammation around the area. This is especially helpful if the gum tissue got disrupted during the filling process.

You can also try a bit of benzocaine, which will numb up the area that you put the applicator on. It doesn't last very long, but if your gums or the area where your tooth and gum meet are too sore to eat, it often lasts just long enough.

Eating soft foods is also a way to keep the pain down after getting a filling. If you were to try and eat something hard or even something sticky, it could cause the filling to move slightly within the cavity, causing you more potential pain than necessary.

If after two or three days you still have pain, contact our office. You may have something else going on in a nearby tooth, or the filling may be slightly uneven, which needs to be corrected before it shifts your bite and causes more pain.

Whenever you get a filling, listen to the instructions that your dentist gives you before going home. Those are going to be the best things you can do to keep your pain to a minimum.

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