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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/

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Orofacial Pain is Not a Way of Life You Need to Struggle With

Posted on 5/29/2020 by Candice
For one reason or another, some people ignore pain when it happens in their body. They have plenty of reasons, including that the pain is not that bad, or they hope that it will go away. Orofacial pain refers to any pain felt in the mouth, jaws and face. It is something that you may not want to ignore. In fact, it is something that you should not even struggle with. There are plenty of different causes of orofacial pain, and there are plenty of ways to avoid the struggle with it. Types of Orofacial Pain The term orofacial pain refers to any pain that you feel in the mouth, jaws or face. There are many different reasons that you can suffer from orofacial pain. Toothaches, trauma, gum disease, and problems with your teeth can lead to the pain. Because there are so many causes for orofacial pain, there are also many different types of pain. Some will suffer a sudden onset of pain from a trauma that will continue until the site of the trauma heals. Others will suffer from intermittent tooth sensitivity caused by different issues. There are some that will suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) that feel the pain every now and then and will have pain that comes in different forms. There is no one way to describe what orofacial pain is. Dealing with the Pain There is never a reason to accept the pain and just try to get accustomed to it. No matter what the cause of orofacial pain, there is usually some way to treat it. Treatment can fall into two categories. The best thing is to treat the cause of the pain. If it comes from a cavity, getting treatment for the cavity is the solution. If it comes from a trauma, taking steps to fix that will help. When the issue is a chronic pain from something like TMJ, the solution is finding ways to manage the pain through medications, exercise and other forms of treatment. No matter what kind of orofacial pain you have, there is something you can do. You have to make the decision to stop living with the pain and work to take care of it. If you want help with orofacial pain, contact our office to schedule your appointment....
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Causes of Rough Skin Inside Your Mouth

Posted on 5/15/2020 by Candice
If you have ever run your tongue around the inside of your mouth, then you have probably noticed that it is usually smooth and wet. This is how it normally feels. Some people, though, may have a rough patch of skin or one that feels scaly or sometimes dry. When this is an issue you notice, it is important to speak with our office so that we can assess the situation and find out what the cause of this is. Here are some of the top causes of these rough patches of skin inside your mouth. Top Causes of Rough Patches Inside Your Mouth Most of the time when this is noticed inside the mouth, it is due to something called keratosis or leukoplakia. This is when the cells in the mouth overgrow to provide protection in that part of the mouth. A broken tooth, denture, or tobacco use can all cause this issue to happen. It usually develops slowly. It can take months for a patch like this to grow. Sometimes, if there is a lump or other abnormality that accompanies this rough patch of skin, it can be a sign of oral cancer. When this is the case, we assess the situation and come up with the best possible treatment plan based on the many factors that go along with the situation. This is why it is important to speak with our office as soon as you notice any sort of abnormality inside your mouth. We can take a look and see what needs to be done to clear up the area. We want to make sure you have the best possible care and that you know what is happening inside your mouth. Our professionals have seen multiple oral issues in the past and are easily able to find out what is happening in your particular case....
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Is It Normal to Get Narcotics After Dental Surgery?

Posted on 3/20/2020 by Candice
Following oral surgery, whether for extraction, prosthodontics, or maxillofacial surgery, you will experience a certain level of pain near the site, and possibly into your jawbone. Since no one experiences pain like anyone else, as well as it being hard to quantify pain, treatment for pain following dental surgery will vary slightly with every patient. Unfortunately, there was a time beginning in the 1970s until recent decades when the standard for treating pain after oral surgery were opioid-based medications like Tylenol with codeine or Vicodin. Due to the introduction of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), however, oral surgeons are now able to provide safer alternatives to opiate-based medications. Risks of Prescribing Opioid-Based Medication No one plans on becoming dependent on opiates, and that ironically makes it even more important to use discretion when prescribing them after dental surgery. Unsuspecting users are at a higher risk, as well as those with past addiction issues with opiates or other drugs. Opiate use carries a high risk of addiction and overdose, and is unnecessary when treatment with over-the-counter (OTC) medications will do the trick. Treatment of Postoperative Dental Pain Today Especially fortunate for those who may be at a higher risk of addiction, studies have shown that a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen are even more effective at treating postoperative dental pain than opioid-based pain medications. Therefore, endodontists can forego prescriptions for stronger, more risky medications for safer, cost-effective alternatives. Are There Exceptions to the Rule? There are rare instances when prescribed opiates may be the only solution for a particular patient's needs. For instance, an estimated 20 percent of patients either cannot take ibuprofen or acetaminophen, or their level of pain sensitivity requires more intense postoperative relief. If you will be getting dental surgery in the near future, ensure that your endodontist is open to safer alternatives to risky prescription medications for postoperative dental pain. For more information about the dental surgery procedures offered by our office, contact us for a consultation and exam....
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Orofacial Pain is Not a Way of Life You Need to Struggle With
5/29/2020
Causes of Rough Skin Inside Your Mouth
5/15/2020
Is It Normal to Get Narcotics After Dental Surgery?
3/20/2020
The Point of Splitting Teeth for An Extraction
3/10/2020
Reasons Cheeks Often Swell After Any Oral Surgery Procedure
2/20/2020
Times Where a Custom Mouthguard Could Keep Your Teeth Safe
2/10/2020
Some Abscesses Need Our Attention to Treat
1/20/2020
When You Should Avoid Ice Following Oral Surgery
1/10/2020
Snoring is Actually a Symptom of Larger Problems
12/20/2019
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options We Can Provide
12/10/2019
Which Over the Counter Meds Should You Have on Hand for Oral Surgery Recovery?
11/20/2019
Why Straws Are So Dangerous Following Oral Surgery
11/10/2019
When a Tooth Cracks in Half, Can It Be Saved?
10/20/2019
What Can Be Done to Reduce the Chances of Implant Rejection?
10/10/2019
Crown Fractures Are Something to Call Us About
9/20/2019
Can X-Rays Show Oral Cancer?
9/10/2019
Foods to Keep Around During Oral Surgery Recovery
8/20/2019
Following an Auto Accident, We Need to Check Your Mouth if You Have Pain
8/10/2019
It Is Best to Turn to Us When You Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction
7/20/2019
Is the Ringing in Your Ears Something We Can Treat?
7/10/2019
Why We Sometimes Need to Help You Recover from an Oral Burn
6/20/2019
What Makes the Jaw Hurt
6/10/2019
Not All Wisdom Teeth Cause Trouble as They Erupt
5/20/2019
Mouthguards Can Protect Your Teeth from Incidental Damage
5/10/2019
When Is a Bone Graft Considered Healed?
4/20/2019
What We Do During an Oral Biopsy
4/10/2019
Most Common Needs for Dental Crowns
3/20/2019
Is Oral Surgery a Requirement to Treat a Dental Abscess?
3/10/2019
How Bruxism Wears Down Your Enamel
2/20/2019
Do You Need Stronger Sinuses? A Sinus Lift Can Help
2/10/2019
Why Ringing In Your Ears May Stem from a Jaw Problem
1/20/2019
What to Expect During Jaw Reconstruction Recovery
1/10/2019
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
12/20/2018
How to Get Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
12/10/2018
Having Surgery Prior to Getting Dentures Can Give You a Better Fix
11/20/2018
First Steps to Take Following Dental Trauma
11/10/2018
Signs to Look for If Your Jaw Hurts Following a Car Accident
10/20/2018
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of
10/10/2018
How Long is Exercise Off Limits Following Oral Surgery?
9/20/2018
How Long Do Bone Grafts Take to Heal?
9/10/2018
Who Needs Apicoectomies and Why?
8/20/2018
When Chewing Gum Hurts Your Jaw, What Do You Do?
8/10/2018
What Happens If Your Child Does Not Get Palate Repair?
7/20/2018
Dangers of Clenching Your Teeth Each Day
7/10/2018
Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Come Out
6/23/2018
You May Have Sleep Apnea and Not Know It
6/13/2018
Common Causes of Pain in the Jaw
5/23/2018
Are You Going to Need an Oral Biopsy?
5/13/2018
How Does a Pulpotomy Differ From a Pulpectomy?
4/20/2018
How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth
4/10/2018
Types of Bone Grafting Materials
3/20/2018
Treating a Jaw That Grew Unevenly
3/10/2018
Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon Before Getting Oral Surgery
2/20/2018
Piercings Can Easily Get Infected - What Signs to Watch Out For
2/10/2018
Signs You Need to Speak with an Oral Surgeon for TMD
1/20/2018
Checking for Oral Cancer Between Visits to the Oral Surgeon
1/10/2018
How to Spot Signs of Bruxism in Yourself
12/20/2017
How to Maintain Oral Health Following Oral Surgery
12/10/2017
Things You May Do that Cause Your Own TMJ Pain
11/23/2017
The Connection Between Unhealthy Teeth and Ringing in Your Ears
11/13/2017
Do You Have an Infection After Oral Surgery?
10/20/2017
Do Overbites Require Repair or Can They be Left?
10/10/2017
Dealing with a Broken Tooth Until You Can Be Seen
9/20/2017
Managing Mouth Pain at Home Before Getting to Your Dentist
9/10/2017
Benefits of Not Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted
8/20/2017
Are Lumps Inside Your Mouth Normal?
8/10/2017
Mouth Guards Reduce Potential Damage for Those Suffering from Bruxism
7/31/2017
Is Eating a Soft Diet for Too Long After Oral Surgery a Problem?
7/20/2017
How an Oral Biopsy is Performed
6/20/2017
Do You Have TMJ Issues That Need Treatment?
6/10/2017
What Should You Do if You Have an Overbite?
5/20/2017
What are the Signs That You Have an Impacted Tooth?
5/10/2017
Is a Custom Mouth Guard in Your Future?
4/20/2017
How Yogurt Can Help You Recover from Oral Surgery
4/10/2017
Should You Opt for Teeth in a Day?
3/20/2017
How to Handle Graft Pain
3/10/2017
Why You May Want to Keep Your Wisdom Teeth
2/20/2017
When You Need Surgery for a Tooth Abscess
2/10/2017
What to Know Before Oral Surgery
1/20/2017
Healing After Implant Surgery - What to Know
1/10/2017
Reducing Swelling Following a Tooth Extraction
12/20/2016
Recovering from an Oral Cancer Biopsy
12/10/2016
How Common is Dental Implant Rejection?
11/20/2016
Can Your Oral Surgeon Treat Your Apnea?
11/10/2016
Can Your Broken Tooth Be Surgically Repaired?
10/20/2016
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
10/10/2016
Fixing an Underbite
9/20/2016
Defining Impacted Teeth
9/10/2016
Jaw Pain After a Car Accident, This Might Be the Cause
8/23/2016
How to Recover Immediately Following Oral Surgery
8/13/2016
What is Orthognathic Surgery?
7/30/2016
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