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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/

When Is a Bone Graft Considered Healed?


Posted on 4/20/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
When Is a Bone Graft Considered Healed?Anytime a person undergoes any type of surgical procedure, one of the questions they ask is when are considered healed. They want to know when they don't have to worry about the aftercare and when they are ready to return to their life.

In the case of dental bone graft surgery along with just about any other surgical procedure, the answer is: it depends. There are plenty of factors that go into the length of recovery from bone graft surgery.

The Typical Recovery After A Bone Graft


While everyone is different, there is a typical recovery timeline for dental bone graft surgery. The initial phase of the healing is the healing of the wound site. The surgery typically uses stitches that dissolve on their own and that takes 7-10 days. Stitches that require removal also last 7-10 days.

After the initial healing period, it will take time for the bone graft to attach completely and for new bone tissue to grow. That timeline depends on the size of the graft. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to as long as 3 months for the bone graft to completely heal.

What Slows Down Healing
The care that you give the bone graft site and the care that you take for your overall health play a role in how long the recovery time is. One thing that can extend the recovery time a large amount of time is smoking. Using tobacco after a bone graft surgery can cause the healing time to double and can also cause failure in some cases. It is best to avoid all tobacco use until the graft has completely healed if not quitting altogether.

The oral hygiene habits also impact the ability for the graft to heal. Practicing good habits can actually help the healing process. Poor habits will slow down the healing. If there are complications such as infection, that could extend the timeline. How quickly you treat any complications plays a role in how long it takes to heal.

For more information about this or any other oral health issues, contact our office to talk to a dental professional.

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