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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/

How to Tell if You May Need an Extraction


Posted on 8/10/2019 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
How to Tell if You May Need an ExtractionWe typically only extract teeth that are causing you pain or other issues that cannot be remedied. In doing so, we remove it from the bone. There are a few different reasons why we may recommend this procedure to you.

A Severely Decayed Tooth

When tooth decay reaches your tooth's pulp (the center of your tooth), its bacteria will cause an infection there. This is when we will recommend that you have a root canal. If the infection is severe enough, we will also extract your tooth to prevent the infection from spreading any further.

Periodontal Disease

When you have periodontal disease (a.k.a. gum disease), your gums and other structures you're your periodontal ligaments and alveolar bone are infected. Hopefully you have routine visits to our office so we can catch this early enough – possibly before it even starts since we know it's caused by dental plaque (the sticky bacterial substance that forms on your teeth after you eat or drink). However, if your tooth grows loose because of periodontal disease, we may need to extract it.

An Impacted Tooth

An impacted tooth occurs when it can't erupt through the gums. This typically happens with your wisdom teeth. When it happens, we will oftentimes recommend that this tooth be extracted so it doesn't cause any damage to the teeth around it.

Doing so will also lessen the risk of you developing additional oral health issues because your teeth have overcrowded your mouth. Of course, we won't simply extract a tooth before really considering how it will impact the rest of your mouth.

When you find yourself faced with any of these issues, you'll probably need to have your tooth extracted. We aim to make this procedure as painless as possible so don't be afraid to give our office a call and schedule an appointment for you tooth extraction today.
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