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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

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:

How an Oral Biopsy is Performed

Posted on 6/20/2017 by Andrew Zeiger
An elderly woman about to receive an oral biopsy.
When you have an oral examination and early signs of oral cancer are detected, the next step is having an oral biopsy. This is when your oral surgeon takes a small sample of the tissue for testing. Very little tissue is often needed for testing, and it is often a very quick procedure.

However, depending on where the oral biopsy is taken from, it can be slightly uncomfortable. Your oral surgeon will numb the area prior to the biopsy, so don't let the worry of pain be anything that stops you from getting the procedure done.

Performing an Oral Biopsy

Most of the time, a small syringe is used for the biopsy. Your oral surgeon will go in once the area is numb, and poke the tissue. They will then aspirate the tissue, pulling some of it into the needle.

They will also extract any fluid if there is any within the tissue, as that can be tested as well. From there, the syringe is removed, and the tests are able to be performed.

Sometimes, your oral surgeon will need to cut a small bit of tissue out of your mouth. If this is the case, your surgeon will use a scalpel and take a small bit of tissue out of your mouth or throat.

If the area they take the sample from begins to bleed, a stitch or two may be required. Most of the time, oral surgeons use dissolving stitches so they don't have to disturb the area again.

An oral biopsy is a great test. It can tell you a lot about what is going on within your mouth. The sooner oral cancer is caught, the easier it is to treat. Make sure you keep in touch with our office if you suspect oral cancer. We can help.


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