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Health Safety Protocols
Prescott Valley, AZ


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To Our Valued Patients at Surprise Smiles,

Welcome! We are open, looking forward to seeing returning patients, accepting new patients, and operating under normal business hours! The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDS) is still not recommending any type of closures or modification in hours. We will continue to monitor information coming from both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and AZDHS and keep you apprised of any changes or updates. We will stay on top of this information and bring it to you as soon as possible through our website, email, and social media.

As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, our dentists and dental team want to assure you that we are continuing to do our best to make sure it a priority that we are following the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC, specifically as they relate to the dental industry. We value keeping our patients and staff members safe and comfortable.

As part of our daily standard health and safety protocols, our office follows ‘Universal Precautions’ in order to protect our patients and our staff. These are precautions we have always taken, and are not new. By taking ‘universal precautions’ means we always assume that anyone could potentially be carrying a contagious and dangerous disease. We therefore follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of any potential disease, be it COVID-19 (Coronavirus), hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV, or any other disease. This has been a standard of care we follow, per the CDC, in regard to blood borne pathogens.

These measures include:
•  strict hand washing protocols
•  use of (single use) disposable protective equipment and barriers
•  thorough disinfection of exposed or potentially exposed surfaces after every patient visit
•  disinfection and high-heat steam sterilization of instruments and routine monitoring of sterilization verification
•  continued education on infection control

Image of a dentist with a mask covering, so she is safe, and follows health safety protocols at Bradshaw Family Dental.Specific to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have added in additional precautionary and cleaning measures including:
•  disinfecting common surface areas every 30 minutes
•  providing hand sanitizer in common areas
•  screening everyone who enters our offices based on CDC recommendations
•  offering preprocedural mouth rinse

As state and national health and safety regulations change and evolve during these times, Surprise Smiles is dedicated to monitoring and evaluating our dental practice and office space for any potential risks as we serve our patients and community. We strive to maintain an approach to our dentistry services that is both safe and beneficial to everyone we serve.

We strive to provide a safe, healthy, comfortable, and relaxed environment for everyone that comes into our dental office. We follow the American Dental Association’s Update to Office Procedures During COVID-19 in regard to safe office procedures, workplace hazards, and making decisions for best office practices. We stay informed on recent information given to dentists in this regard, as well as keeping up to date with any changes recommended by the CDC.

Please let us know if you have any questions in regard to our health and safety protocols here at Surprise Smiles. We recognize that it can be challenging during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. We all want to get back to our normal lives, and we will be able to do so, in a safe, wise, and healthy manner. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have in regard to our dental practice health and safety protocols, cleaning, and disinfecting procedures we follow.

Thank you for continuing to be a valued patient here at Bradshaw Family Dental. We look forward to continuing to serve you and your dental needs through the various services we provide for you, from preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants and more!

Bone Graft
Prescott Valley, AZ


Woman and dentist speaking after bone grafting at Bradshaw Family Dental in Prescott Valley AZBone grafting refers to a surgical process in which healthy bone tissue is transplanted to an area where diseased or damaged bone tissue is present.

A bone graft can be used to fix broken bones virtually anywhere in the body.

Our dentists at Bradshaw Family Dental perform bone grafts.

Different Types of Bone Grafts


Four primary categories of bone grafts can be distinguished. They are as follows:

Socket Preservation


Right after a tooth extraction, a graft is inserted in the socket to preserve the bone ridge.

It acts as a stopgap by occupying the space created by the tooth's absence, thus avoiding the collapse of the jawbone.

Ridge Augmentation


If you've been without teeth for a long time, your jawbone may have reabsorbed some of its mineral content and become thinner as a result.

Ridge augmentation makes it possible to use implants or other restorative solutions by enlarging the breadth and height of the jawbone.

Sinus Lift


Just above the top back teeth are the maxillary sinuses. Sinuses can make their way down into the area vacated by missing upper back teeth.

Because implants would break through the protective sinus membrane, they are not a good option here. We can perform a sinus lift to solve this issue.

The sinus is brought to its correct level with this treatment. It is subsequently filled with bone graft material to provide a sturdy base for future dental implant placement.

Bone Graft


The bone that anchors teeth can be deteriorated by infection caused by gum disease. Your teeth might loosen over time.

After a periodontal bone graft has been implanted around an already stable tooth, it becomes less movable and more stable.

Bone grafts for dental implants typically need to heal for several months before the implant can be placed. Recuperation times can be quite different due to individual differences.

We are able to do a bone graft and implant in the same appointment, even though this is a highly unusual procedure.

However, the severity of the procedure and the time it takes to complete the process varies from person to person.

When is Bone Grafting Necessary for Teeth?


A dental bone graft is typically necessary for someone who has experienced jawbone loss.
You'd benefit from this operation under the following circumstances:
•  Considering getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
•  Jaw reconstruction is required before denture placement
•  Where bone has been lost as a result of gum disease


The Procedure of Bone Grafting


Bone grafting procedures vary greatly in specifics depending on the underlying medical condition being treated. Inquire with us about the specifics of your procedure.

We will perform the procedure with the assistance of our skilled medical personnel. The following are some steps involved:
•  Anesthesia will be administered so that you do not feel anything while the surgery is being done.
•  During the procedure, your heart rate, and blood pressure will be closely monitored.
•  We will prepare the site for the bone graft by making an incision through the skin and muscle covering the bone.
•  We may potentially use a secondary incision to extract bone graft material. This could originate in the thigh bone, pelvis, or even the rib cage. We will use specialized equipment to cut out a small piece of bone from your body.
•  The graft material will be placed in the space created by the separation of the two bone halves. We will use special screws to keep the bone graft in place.
•  Your bone will be treated, and if necessary, the skin and muscle around the area will be surgically closed around the site.


What Follows a Bone Grafting Procedure?


You may experience some discomfort following your treatment; however, it is not something to be concerned about. Pain medication may help.

Everyone recovers at their own pace. We will give you the required directions.

Some imaging, such as an x-ray, may be used to check on your progress and ensure that the operation went well.

You may be allowed to go home the same day if your injury is minor and you have no other serious health issues.


When it comes to moving the grafted region, we will offer you specific instructions. We tend to keep the region motionless over an extended period of time. Putting on a splint or brace may be necessary.

You should generally avoid putting any pressure on the region, too. Your muscles may need to go through physical therapy to get back to full strength and mobility.

After surgery, you may be prescribed a blood thinner that reduces the risk of blood clots. Avoid over-the-counter pain relievers or painkillers since they may slow down the process of bone repair.

As your bone heals, Dr. David Frausto may recommend a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. Bone recovery can be slowed by smoking; therefore, you must give up smoking.

There could be fluid leaking from your wound. That tends to happen every so often. In any case, if the draining is particularly severe, you should contact us immediately.

Some people might also experience redness and swelling around the wound, numbness, intense pain, chills, or a high temperature after bone grafting. If any of these occur, you must contact us immediately.

All of your follow-up appointments should be kept. A week or so following surgery, you may need to have your sutures or staples removed.

To monitor the bone's healing process, your doctor may order a series of x-rays. To maximize your recovery, be sure to strictly adhere to your doctor's orders.

Risks in Bone Grafting


The potential dangers of bone grafting are as follows:
•  Drug reactions
•  Breathing difficulties
•  Complications include bleeding, blood clots, and infection
•  Discomfort in the surgical site where the bone was extracted
•  Symptoms of nerve damage around the bone graft site
•  Area stiffness


Schedule Your Appointment Today!


Bone grafting is a complicated process. Therefore, you need proper guidance before starting out.

At Bradshaw Family Dental, our dentist Dr. David Frausto will guide you in the right direction and carry out the process for you. Call (928) 277-0076 today to get started!
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Bone Grafting - Prescott Valley, AZ • Bradshaw Family Dental
At Bradshaw Family Dental, we understand that in certain circumstances, bone grafting is also needed for jaw deformities. Learn more about bone grafting here.
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