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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!

Dental Crown Lengthening
Prescott Valley, AZ

Crown lengthening at Bradshaw Family Dental in Prescott Valley AZAt Bradshaw Family Dental, we offer some cosmetic and restorative services to improve your smile and oral health. Smile esthetics can be affected by the size, shape, and color of your teeth. However, gum tissue also plays an important role in the beauty of a smile. If you have a large amount of gum tissue, your teeth may appear to be short. In reality, your teeth are the proper lengths but covered with too much tissue. This is known as a “gummy” smile. To correct this issue, we offer a procedure known as crown lengthening.

What Is Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a common surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess gum tissue, bone, or both. The removal of this tissue allows us to expose more of the tooth and improve your smile. While it is largely a cosmetic procedure, crown lengthening can also be used for restorative purposes. We may recommend crown lengthening when there is not enough tooth that sticks out above the gum to properly place a dental crown. This can happen if a tooth breaks off at the gum line, or a previous crown has decay underneath it.

Preparation for Crown Lengthening

Before we can determine if crown lengthening is right for you, we will conduct a review of your medical and dental histories. You may also need a professional cleaning to remove any plaque and tartar build up. Once the proper preparation is complete, we can set a date for your procedure.

Crown Lengthening Procedure

Because crown lengthening is a minimally-invasive procedure, it usually only requires local anesthetic. Local anesthetic will numb the area and eliminate any pain or discomfort. We also offer several sedation options for patients with anxieties or fears surrounding oral surgery. Once the area is numb, we can begin the procedure.

During the surgery, Dr. David Frausto will make small incisions and pull the gum tissues away from the teeth. This helps to expose the roots and surrounding bone. Sometimes, we only need to remove a small amount of gum tissue to successfully improve esthetics. In most restorative cases, we will also need to remove a small portion of bone to expose enough of the tooth. Even if only one tooth is involved, we typically need to reshape the surrounding area as well. This provides a more even and natural look. Once we have exposed enough of the tooth, we will sterilize the surgical area and suture the incisions.

After the Crown Lengthening Procedure

Immediately following your surgery, we will give you a set of post-operative instructions. We will ask you to use ice on your face to reduce swelling. You may also be given a prescription for an antibacterial mouth rinse and pain medication. You can brush your teeth near the incision, but please be sure to avoid the gums. We typically ask patients to schedule a follow-up appointment four to six weeks after surgery. The entire healing process takes about three months. During this time, we ask that you refrain from smoking and tobacco use, as it can seriously hinder your ability to heal.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you would like to learn more about the crown lengthening procedure call (928) 277-0076, and schedule your consultation appointment today.

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Crown Lengthening - Prescott Valley, AZ • Bradshaw Family Dental
If you have a large amount of gum tissue, your teeth may appear to be short. To correct this issue, we offer a procedure known as crown lengthening. Click the link to learn more.
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