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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 Do You Do When You Notice Your Tooth Broke?


Posted on 8/20/2018 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
What Do You Do When You Notice Your Tooth Broke?Although your teeth are strong they can still chip, crack (fracture), and break. This usually happens when you bite down on something hard or you fall or get hit in your face or mouth.

Cavities are also known to weaken your teeth, especially if they require a large filling that isn't supported by the remaining enamel of your teeth.

Home Remedies for a Broken Tooth

When you break your tooth, you'll need to immediately rinse your mouth out well with warm water. If your mouth is bleeding, you'll want to use a piece of gauze to apply pressure to it for 10 minutes or longer. Sometimes this won't work, and you'll need to use a tea bag to apply pressure and get the bleeding to stop.

You can also apply ice to your cheeks or lip beside the broken tooth or take an over-the-counter painkiller as these will help reduce the swelling and pain. While your tooth may not hurt your tongue will feel the sharp area and you may also feel the damaged nerve in the dentin. These are things you'll particularly experience when chewing or putting pressure on your tooth.

How Dentists Fix Broken Teeth

Since there are several different types of tooth fractures or breaks, you'll want to know how to treat each of them since it will be different depending on the type you have. While minor cracks and chips rarely need treatment other than polishing out the rough spots, more extensive breaks will need filled and a crown may need to be put in place.

The type of crack will also determine whether you harm any more teeth in your mouth. For instance, a serious break will go deep enough to expose your nerve, causing your tooth to hurt and be sensitive. Regardless of how you break your tooth, you'll want to make an appointment to see us as soon as possible.

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