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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,

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Space Maintainers, AZ

Space Maintainers AZWhen a child loses a tooth prematurely due to decay or an accident sometimes we suggest that a space maintainer be used to ensure that their adult teeth have enough room to erupt properly. Because of how frequently children lose teeth and how important proper dental development is in early life, space maintainers provide are a valuable tool. At Surprise Smiles, we take great pride in our ability to detect and prevent serious dental issues from arising, because saving our patient’s time and money is paramount.

When is a space maintainer needed?

A dental space maintainer is a device that can either be permanent or removable and is critical to the development of a healthy mouth. People often dismiss baby teeth as unimportant because they are temporary but nothing could be further from the truth. Baby teeth are absolutely critical to the ongoing development of the mouth. They act as placeholder for adult teeth and help to ensure that the constantly changing and elongating muscles of the mouth and jaw are guided into the correct place during early childhood development. When a baby tooth is lost prematurely there is a good chance that a space maintainer can save treatment time and money.

Types of Space Maintainers

There are two basic types of dental space maintainers, removable and fixed. Removable space maintainers are usually like other orthodontic appliances and are made from acrylic. Occasionally a false tooth will be used as a space maintainer. Fixed space maintainers fit one of four categories: crown and loop, lingual, distal shoe, and unilateral. Each of the four categories of fixed space maintainers fills a specific role.

Unilateral and crown and loop space maintainers are placed on one side of the mouth to hold a space for a single tooth. The unilateral option is fit around a tooth and has a metal loop that sits in the gap of the missing tooth. The hoop helps to fill the gap. Crown and loop options are essentially the same thing, but instead of a metal loop holding the gap open a crown holds the space.

Lingual space maintainers are bilateral appliances that are usually directly connected to molars using wires on the inside of the front teeth. Lingual space maintainers are used to hold the space of several missing teeth.

Distal shoe space maintainers are the most complicated of the permanent space maintainer options because they are actually inserted into the gum line to prevent neighboring teeth from filling the gap. Distal shoe space maintainers need more monitoring by Andrew Zeiger, DDS in order to time the eruption of the adult tooth perfectly.

With the use of space maintainers we are often able to prevent poor alignment issues from occurring, often resulting foregoing things like braces in the future. Our family focused approach to children’s dentistry is the best in our community.

Once the Space Maintainer is Placed

It can take several weeks for a child to get used to the feeling of a space maintainer. It is important that good oral hygiene is maintained while the appliance is in place. We will send you home with detailed instructions on how to care for your child and keep their new appliance clean and functioning properly.

Give us a call today at (602) 842-4864 to schedule your appointment.

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Surprise Smiles
15128 W Bell Rd, Suite 12
Surprise, AZ 85374
(602) 842-4864

Prescott Valley
7136 East Pav Way
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
(928) 277-0076

Chino Valley
1260 Hwy. 89, Ste. G
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 589-1776

172 E Merritt St.
Suite F
Prescott, AZ 86301
(928) 443-1200

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