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Health Safety Protocols
Prescott Valley, AZ


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To Our Valued Patients at Surprise Smiles,

Welcome! We are open, looking forward to seeing returning patients, accepting new patients, and operating under normal business hours! The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDS) is still not recommending any type of closures or modification in hours. We will continue to monitor information coming from both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and AZDHS and keep you apprised of any changes or updates. We will stay on top of this information and bring it to you as soon as possible through our website, email, and social media.

As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, our dentists and dental team want to assure you that we are continuing to do our best to make sure it a priority that we are following the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC, specifically as they relate to the dental industry. We value keeping our patients and staff members safe and comfortable.

As part of our daily standard health and safety protocols, our office follows ‘Universal Precautions’ in order to protect our patients and our staff. These are precautions we have always taken, and are not new. By taking ‘universal precautions’ means we always assume that anyone could potentially be carrying a contagious and dangerous disease. We therefore follow strict guidelines to prevent the transmission of any potential disease, be it COVID-19 (Coronavirus), hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV, or any other disease. This has been a standard of care we follow, per the CDC, in regard to blood borne pathogens.

These measures include:
•  strict hand washing protocols
•  use of (single use) disposable protective equipment and barriers
•  thorough disinfection of exposed or potentially exposed surfaces after every patient visit
•  disinfection and high-heat steam sterilization of instruments and routine monitoring of sterilization verification
•  continued education on infection control

Image of a dentist with a mask covering, so she is safe, and follows health safety protocols at Bradshaw Family Dental.Specific to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have added in additional precautionary and cleaning measures including:
•  disinfecting common surface areas every 30 minutes
•  providing hand sanitizer in common areas
•  screening everyone who enters our offices based on CDC recommendations
•  offering preprocedural mouth rinse

As state and national health and safety regulations change and evolve during these times, Surprise Smiles is dedicated to monitoring and evaluating our dental practice and office space for any potential risks as we serve our patients and community. We strive to maintain an approach to our dentistry services that is both safe and beneficial to everyone we serve.

We strive to provide a safe, healthy, comfortable, and relaxed environment for everyone that comes into our dental office. We follow the American Dental Association’s Update to Office Procedures During COVID-19 in regard to safe office procedures, workplace hazards, and making decisions for best office practices. We stay informed on recent information given to dentists in this regard, as well as keeping up to date with any changes recommended by the CDC.

Please let us know if you have any questions in regard to our health and safety protocols here at Surprise Smiles. We recognize that it can be challenging during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. We all want to get back to our normal lives, and we will be able to do so, in a safe, wise, and healthy manner. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have in regard to our dental practice health and safety protocols, cleaning, and disinfecting procedures we follow.

Thank you for continuing to be a valued patient here at Bradshaw Family Dental. We look forward to continuing to serve you and your dental needs through the various services we provide for you, from preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, sedation dentistry, dental implants and more!

Why Does It Take Time to Adjust to a New Filling?


Posted on 3/22/2021 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
Why Does It Take Time to Adjust to a New Filling?Sometimes, the placement of a filling needs some getting used to. The following information explains why this can happen.

Getting a New Filling


If you get a new filling, it may sometimes feel “funny” inside your mouth. While fillings happen to be the commonest of dental procedures, you still may need to adjust to a filling that has just been placed for a period of about 2 to 7 days. By adding a filling, we can arrest dental decay and make it possible for you to eat again without experiencing problems with chewing. Filling materials include composite resins (which are used the most often), silver amalgam, or gold. The composite resins blend with the other teeth and therefore look more natural. Regardless of the material, it takes about the same length of time to adjust to having a filling.

Making the Transition


Once your tooth is filled, the numbing agent used during the procedure will begin to fade. Therefore, you may experience some soreness when you first have a filling placed. Also, when you first discovered the cavity or hole in your tooth, the surface felt a little bit rough when compared to the other teeth. When a filling fills the hole, you will notice a new texture - one that is smoother and solid. Also, your newly filled tooth will, for a very short time, be more sensitive to hot and cold. However, this type of sensitivity will only last a couple of days. This is especially true if a filling is larger. If your new filling causes you to experience pain when you eat, or it causes the teeth to feel uneven, the restoration may be too high. If this is the case, you need to us file the filling down to size.

Do you need to fill a cavity? If so, do not hesitate to call us if you notice that your tooth has some decay. We can fill the tooth and alleviate any problems with biting or chewing right away. Make sure to have any teeth filled before a bigger problem develops. If the decay advances, it can lead to root canal surgery and/or the placement of a crown. Cal. us to book an appointment now.


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