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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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Uses of an Oral Splint

Posted on 9/21/2020 by Candice
When it comes to a device such as an oral splint, there could be a number of reasons why our dental professionals may recommend, or even custom fit one for you. Oral care is one of the most important aspects of our overall health care and it is crucial to being able to function on a daily basis and performing basic necessary tasks such as eating, drinking, and talking. It is also tied directly into our self-confidence and esteem. Although, as we mentioned, there are several uses for an oral splint, we would like to share two particular benefits to using one that some of our readers might find would be helpful in their own cases: Ease Tension and Provide Stability For patients who are struggling with issues like TMJ, often times the jaw muscles stay very tense and clenched up. A device such as an oral splint provides the wearer with the ability to relax those stressed and strained jaw muscles. Help To Prevent Bruxism Another fantastic use for these appliances is for people who struggle with grinding their teeth. If you or someone you know has an issue with this condition then you already know the damage it can do, not only to the teeth and gums, but also the pain it can cause in the jaws and all throughout the rest of the mouth. An oral splint can help drastically reduce those problems. To find out how one of these dental devices might help you with these or other issues, all you need to do is get in touch with one of our staff members here at our office. We would be glad to discuss your options with you further, as well as set up an examination to see if you are a good candidate for this method of treatment....

What to Do Should an Oral Emergency Arise?

Posted on 9/7/2020 by Candice
There are a number of reasons that a person might need to get in touch with one of our dentists or other oral professionals suddenly and without warning. In the case of such an emergency, the things that you do can make quite a bit of difference in how bad the problem becomes, as well as the long-term effects or results that it has. If you find yourself in one of these situations, the very first thing that you need to do is get in contact with us. Our knowledgeable staff can instruct you as to what you need to do specifically for your particular issue. But to give you a general idea of what constitutes one of these oral emergencies, as well as what type of actions you may have to take in regard to them, here is a little bit more information: Dental Trauma and Response Things such as a tooth that has been knocked out or loosened, cracked or fractured, shifted or jammed down into the gum, as well as any cuts or tears to the gums themselves are all good examples of occurrences which would qualify as an emergency. In any of these cases, again, the first thing you need to do is contact one of our staff members immediately following the incident. They will be able to guide you as to what you need to be doing before coming in, such as rinsing your mouth, handling or packing the lost tooth, as well as how to address lacerated or damaged gums. So, if you are facing one of these or any other type of dental emergency, there is absolutely no time to waste getting in contact with us. In fact, you need to call our clinic before doing any of the tasks mentioned in the above section as they are only general suggestions and your individual case may require special instruction....

Benefits of Sleeping On an Incline After Oral Surgery

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Candice
Self-care is critical to your recovery from oral surgery, and one of the most important post-op self-care factors is how you sleep. Your body's natural healing mechanisms kick into higher gears while you're resting, but sleeping in the wrong position can actually derail your recovery efforts. Your lying position can determine how quickly you can get a grip on bleeding and swollen gums and other discomforts resulting from your oral surgery. For instance, lying on your back may reduce blood flow to the area of the surgery, limiting the amount of nutrients and other resources needed to facilitate natural healing in those areas. But another more critical aspect of your lying position is the inclination of your head. In fact, our recommendation for sleeping with your head elevated after oral surgery is couched in what's known as Inclined Bed Therapy (IBT) an alternative treatment regimen being explored to aid recovery from a wide range of illnesses, including heart conditions, congestion problems, sleep apnea, etc. Why Sleep on an Incline After Oral Surgery? With your head raised slightly while sleeping, your breathing passages will open up to allow for optimal breathing and your body will be able to drain out more excessive fluid from the site of the surgery. If you lie flat on your back, your swelling and bleeding gums might take longer to heal due to the protracted presence of these fluids. You might even risk losing the blood clot and restarting the bleeding and swelling if you continue lying in this position for longer. If you're not used to sleeping on an incline, you might want to trade the discomfort of lying in a new position to that of enduring bleeding gums and pains for longer than necessary. You only need to adopt the inclined sleeping position for just a few days or probably a week after the surgery to allow the blood clot to go full bloom. Use pillows to raise the upper parts of your body, including your head at 45 degrees. You should also avoid sleeping on slippery surfaces like leather, where it can be difficult to maintain your inclined position while sleeping. If your post-op discomforts and swelling persists for longer than a few days, you need to seek out our doctors as soon as possible to get more effective remedies....

All Posts:

Uses of an Oral Splint
What to Do Should an Oral Emergency Arise?
Benefits of Sleeping On an Incline After Oral Surgery
Talk to Us if You Have Swelling In Your Mouth and a Fever
Are There Any Jaw Exercises You Could Do to Improve Your Jaw Pain?
Ways We Can Help Treat TMJ Issues
Why We Want To Help if You Have a Cleft Palate
Benefits of Getting Dental Implants Instead of Dentures
Orofacial Pain is Not a Way of Life You Need to Struggle With
Causes of Rough Skin Inside Your Mouth
Is It Normal to Get Narcotics After Dental Surgery?
The Point of Splitting Teeth for An Extraction
Reasons Cheeks Often Swell After Any Oral Surgery Procedure
Times Where a Custom Mouthguard Could Keep Your Teeth Safe
Some Abscesses Need Our Attention to Treat
When You Should Avoid Ice Following Oral Surgery
Snoring is Actually a Symptom of Larger Problems
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options We Can Provide
Which Over the Counter Meds Should You Have on Hand for Oral Surgery Recovery?
Why Straws Are So Dangerous Following Oral Surgery
When a Tooth Cracks in Half, Can It Be Saved?
What Can Be Done to Reduce the Chances of Implant Rejection?
Crown Fractures Are Something to Call Us About
Can X-Rays Show Oral Cancer?
Foods to Keep Around During Oral Surgery Recovery
Following an Auto Accident, We Need to Check Your Mouth if You Have Pain
It Is Best to Turn to Us When You Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Is the Ringing in Your Ears Something We Can Treat?
Why We Sometimes Need to Help You Recover from an Oral Burn
What Makes the Jaw Hurt
Not All Wisdom Teeth Cause Trouble as They Erupt
Mouthguards Can Protect Your Teeth from Incidental Damage
When Is a Bone Graft Considered Healed?
What We Do During an Oral Biopsy
Most Common Needs for Dental Crowns
Is Oral Surgery a Requirement to Treat a Dental Abscess?
How Bruxism Wears Down Your Enamel
Do You Need Stronger Sinuses? A Sinus Lift Can Help
Why Ringing In Your Ears May Stem from a Jaw Problem
What to Expect During Jaw Reconstruction Recovery
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
How to Get Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
Having Surgery Prior to Getting Dentures Can Give You a Better Fix
First Steps to Take Following Dental Trauma
Signs to Look for If Your Jaw Hurts Following a Car Accident
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of
How Long is Exercise Off Limits Following Oral Surgery?
How Long Do Bone Grafts Take to Heal?
Who Needs Apicoectomies and Why?
When Chewing Gum Hurts Your Jaw, What Do You Do?
What Happens If Your Child Does Not Get Palate Repair?
Dangers of Clenching Your Teeth Each Day
Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Come Out
You May Have Sleep Apnea and Not Know It
Common Causes of Pain in the Jaw
Are You Going to Need an Oral Biopsy?
How Does a Pulpotomy Differ From a Pulpectomy?
How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth
Types of Bone Grafting Materials
Treating a Jaw That Grew Unevenly
Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon Before Getting Oral Surgery
Piercings Can Easily Get Infected - What Signs to Watch Out For
Signs You Need to Speak with an Oral Surgeon for TMD
Checking for Oral Cancer Between Visits to the Oral Surgeon
How to Spot Signs of Bruxism in Yourself
How to Maintain Oral Health Following Oral Surgery
Things You May Do that Cause Your Own TMJ Pain
The Connection Between Unhealthy Teeth and Ringing in Your Ears
Do You Have an Infection After Oral Surgery?
Do Overbites Require Repair or Can They be Left?
Dealing with a Broken Tooth Until You Can Be Seen
Managing Mouth Pain at Home Before Getting to Your Dentist
Benefits of Not Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted
Are Lumps Inside Your Mouth Normal?
Mouth Guards Reduce Potential Damage for Those Suffering from Bruxism
Is Eating a Soft Diet for Too Long After Oral Surgery a Problem?
How an Oral Biopsy is Performed
Do You Have TMJ Issues That Need Treatment?
What Should You Do if You Have an Overbite?
What are the Signs That You Have an Impacted Tooth?
Is a Custom Mouth Guard in Your Future?
How Yogurt Can Help You Recover from Oral Surgery
Should You Opt for Teeth in a Day?
How to Handle Graft Pain
Why You May Want to Keep Your Wisdom Teeth
When You Need Surgery for a Tooth Abscess
What to Know Before Oral Surgery
Healing After Implant Surgery - What to Know
Reducing Swelling Following a Tooth Extraction
Recovering from an Oral Cancer Biopsy
How Common is Dental Implant Rejection?
Can Your Oral Surgeon Treat Your Apnea?
Can Your Broken Tooth Be Surgically Repaired?
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Fixing an Underbite
Defining Impacted Teeth
Jaw Pain After a Car Accident, This Might Be the Cause
How to Recover Immediately Following Oral Surgery
What is Orthognathic Surgery?

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