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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 Steps Should You Take if a Filling Comes Loose?


Posted on 6/20/2017 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
A close up of a patient receiving a filling.
Have you ever bitten down only to realize that your filling wiggled? It can be a worrisome feeling. Is your mouth going to hurt? Did you swallow any of the filling? Changes are, if your filling just wiggled, then it is simply loose.

However, if the filling then pops out, make sure to retrieve it and save it for your dentist. They may want to see what it looks like so they can compare it to what is there, as that will tell them if there was any further decay under the filling.

Don't Panic if a Filling Comes Loose

Fillings were not meant to last 50-100 years. They simply cannot last that long with all of the pressure they are constantly under. So, due to the fact that they have a lifespan, they many times do become loose or fall out.

If you notice a loose filling, first, stop eating if you were, as eating with it loose may cause it to come out. Next, clean the area around the filling, ideally by brushing gently. From there, cover the filling with a bit of dental wax or a temporary filling material. Then, contact your dentist.

Your dentist is going to want to see you as soon as you two can work out an appointment time in most cases. They understand how much a missing filling can hurt, and want to try and avoid that on your behalf.

They will have you come in, examine the filling and tooth, and determine what the next step should be. In many cases, they will want to remove the old filling and put in a new one. This is usually the best option, as it securely reattaches the filling to the tooth, giving you peace of mind and normal functionality.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about dental fillings.

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