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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!

Dental Filling
Prescott Valley, AZ

Before and after photo of dental fillings - Dentist Prescott Valley, AZDental fillings are the cheapest and most performed procedures in the dentist’s office. They are made of artificial materials used to fill the holes of the teeth caused by cavities. They can also restore cracked or damaged teeth.

One benefit of dental fillings is that they stop the decay from progressing. During a tooth filling procedure, the dentist will clean the decayed area of your tooth, pour a filling material, and seal the hole. This protects the nerve ending from exposure to foods and acids produced by bacteria.

If you need dental fillings replaced or put in, visit us at Bradshaw Family Dental. We understand that dental fillings are vital for saving a decayed tooth.

Are Dental Fillings and Dental Bonding the Same?

Dental fillings and dental bonding are the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures. However, people seeking teeth restoration solutions wonder whether tooth fillings and dental bonding are the same. Both tooth fillings and dental bonding are used for teeth restoration purposes. While they have some similarities, they also have differences.

Tooth fillings are used in repairing a decayed tooth. Their primary purpose is to save natural teeth while enhancing their functionality. On the other hand, teeth bonding features a cosmetic and a restorative term. For instance, a chipped tooth can maintain its functionality, but it may affect the smile. In this case, the doctor may recommend dental bonding to reshape the teeth and improve the appearance of your smile.

Another difference between dental fillings and dental bonding is the materials used. With dental fillings, the dentist can use multiple materials, including gold fillings, porcelain fillings, and silver-colored fillings. However, dental bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin materials. They mimic the color of your natural teeth. Dr. Frausto from Bradshaw Family Dental will help you choose the right treatment depending on your oral needs.

When Should You Consider Dental Fillings?

Tooth decay is one of the reasons why you may need dental fillings. If you experience a consistent toothache, sensitivity to hot and cold beverages, and visible holes in your teeth, chances are you have cavities. A good way to fix this is by opting for dental fillings to prevent the decay from spreading. Our dentist cleans out the affected area, inserts the filling, and coats it to prevent bacteria from damaging the tooth.

Tooth injury is another reason behind dental fillings. A sudden fall can damage your teeth. In this case, your dentist may suggest porcelain or composite fillings to restore the missing area of the tooth. Dental fillings can also help to reshape chipped or cracked teeth. If old fillings start wearing out, you may consider refilling them with advanced ones.

At Bradshaw Family Dental, we use the latest technology to make the dental filling procedure comfortable and easier. Being in the dentistry field for many years, we ensure that all of our customers enjoy long-lasting results.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Fillings?

A decayed tooth can affect the quality of your life. You may find it difficult to chew or eat food. Also, the pain and discomfort might limit you from performing your day-to-day activities. Any discomfort caused by tooth decay should not lower your performance. Dental fillings are the solution to these issues. Once the tooth is treated, you can return to your normal activities.

Dental fillings are the most cost-effective restorative procedures. Thus, you should not hesitate to see a dentist once you notice cavities. Another advantage of dental fillings is that they provide long-lasting results. Dental fillings can be porcelain, composite resin, gold, and plastic. If good care and maintenance are implemented, dental fillings can last up to 10 years.

Do you know that you can restore your smile with dental fillings? Getting cavities filled will give you the confidence to smile in public. Book an appointment with us and get dental fillings that match your needs.

What to Expect During the Dental Filling Process

Once the dentist determines that you are a good candidate for dental fillings, he will start by numbing the area to be treated. It is good to inform the dentist about any heart issues you might have. With this, some antibiotics may be prescribed to lower the risk of infection in the heart (endocarditis).

After the mouth is fully numb, the dentist will start by removing the decay to prevent the bacteria from spreading. The decayed part is then replaced with a filling. Mostly, the whole procedure takes about one hour. But if you have several decayed teeth, you may need several appointments.

At Bradshaw Family Dental, we understand that all cavities are different. That’s why we start by assessing your situation and discussing your options.

What Should You Expect After a Dental Filling Procedure?

After dental filling, you may experience numbness that can last for a few hours. This is normal, and it occurs as the anesthetic wears off. During this period, it is vital to pay attention to what you put in your mouth. Your dentist will advise you not to put hot food or chew with the numbed areas.

You will also experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. While this is a normal occurrence, it should not last more than three weeks. Also, you might experience sensitivity from the pressure of biting. Your dentist may recommend fluoride toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth to avoid discomfort. But if the sensitivity continues, it is vital to contact us or visit us at Bradshaw Family Dental.

Care and Maintenance of Dental Fillings

With proper care and maintenance, your dental fillings can last many years. After the dental filling procedure, specific tips are needed to prevent decay from forming around the treated tooth. There is no special care for dental fillings. You should treat them as you would your natural teeth.

Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is one way to make the filling last longer. Besides, eating a well-balanced diet and limiting sugary food can prevent further decay. Another way to make your dental fillings last longer is by scheduling regular dental checkups.

Schedule an Appointment for Dental Fillings Today!

To book an appointment for dental fillings in Prescott Valley, AZ or any of our other locations, visit us at Bradshaw Family Dental or call our office at (928) 277-0076.

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