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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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TMJ (Temporamandibular Joint) Therapy Surprise, AZ

Your TMJ, or your temporomandibular joint, is what connects your skull and your jawbone together. This joint is used each time you chew, speak, yawn, and stretch. Most of the time, you don’t have any problem or issues with your TMJ, but sometimes, the joint gets inflamed, causing pain and discomfort with even minimal use. If you have noticed that your TMJ is sore, come in and see us here at Surprise Smiles. We’ll look into what may be causing your pain, then we can help figure out how to treat it.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

There are many different symptoms that you may experience with a TMJ disorder. Some of the symptoms may only last for a little while, whereas some of your symptoms may persist for years. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you need to come in and see us so we can help figure out how to relieve your pain.
•  Pain that radiates around your face or your jaw area, or it could even spread down to your neck and shoulder areas, typically when you chew, yawn, or open your mouth really wide.
•  A jaw that locks either open or closed and refuses to move for extended periods of time.
•  Noises in your jaw when you use it, such as grinding, clicking, and popping noises.
•  A feeling in your jaw that your upper and lower arches no longer fit together right when you bite down.
•  Swelling around your jaw area.

Causes of TMJ Disorders

Some of the causes of a TMJ disorder are easy to pinpoint, such as following an injury. Other causes are much more elusive. The best way to come in and have us look around. Once the cause is narrowed down, we can find the best treatment options for your situation. Some causes of pain in your TMJ include arthritis, stress, clenching or grinding your teeth, and movement of the small disc that sits within the joint as a cushion.

Treating TMJ Disorders

There are a few different treatment options, and they vary depending on how severe your disorder is. You may find relief from simply taking some over the counter anti-inflammatories or eating a softer diet for a short period of time. However, for those with a more advanced TMJ disorder, you may only find relief by opting for dental procedures that have been shown to help. We may suggest that you wear a night guard while you sleep to help hold your jaw in a better position, or we may suggest medication to help your jaw relax. If your pain comes from an imbalanced bite, we may even need to perform other work to balance out how you bite down.

The only way to know how to best treat your TMJ pain is to come in and speak with us. Andrew Zeiger, DDS will look at your jaw and your teeth to help determine the cause of your pain. Then, all of us here at Surprise Smiles will help you find the perfect treatment to help alleviate your pain.

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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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