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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!

Gum Graft
Prescott Valley, AZ


Smiling woman after gum grafting procedure in Prescott Valley, AZYour smile is often the first thing that people notice about you, and as the power to make or break the first impressions, you leave. When most people think of the perfect smile, they tend to focus solely on the condition of their teeth. While the teeth are an integral part of your smile, they are not the only factor. Your gums also play an important role. No matter how perfect your teeth are, a recessed gum line can leave you with a less than perfect smile. At Bradshaw Family Dental, we can help to treat gum recession, restoring your smile and your oral health, with a gum graft.

The Importance of Your Gums


Your gums play many important roles in your mouth. One of these roles is in the appearance of your smile. If your gums have receded, your teeth begin to appear longer, which can cause your smile to suffer, even if your teeth are otherwise perfect. Your gums also play an important role in your oral health. The tissue covers the roots, forming a tight seal around your teeth, protecting them from different things that can cause sensitivity. They help to protect the roots of the teeth and your jawbone from bacterial attacks that can otherwise lead to gum disease. This tight seal also helps to provide additional stability for your teeth in addition to your jawbone and your periodontal ligaments.

Causes of Gum Recession


Gum recession can be caused by some different issues. These include
•  Gum disease. When bacteria attack your gum tissue, the tissue swells. The tissue begins to pull away from the teeth, leading to the formation of pockets. Bacteria collect in the pockets, where they continue to attack the gums, causing the pockets to grow deeper and deeper. Eventually, infected tissue dies off, leading to recession.
•  Aggressive tooth brushing. While brushing twice daily is essential, brushing too hard can be detrimental. Even with a soft-bristled toothbrush, aggressive brushing can wear away sensitive tissue.
•  Tobacco products. Cigarettes and other tobacco products deprive your gums of essential nutrients. These products also interfere with the ability of your body to effectively fight off infections.
•  Bruxism. Constant grinding and clenching put excessive pressure on your teeth and your gums. This can cause the tissue to wear away.

What is a Gum Graft?


A gum graft is a surgical procedure that involves transplanting tissue to the affected areas of your gums so that we can restore a healthy, natural gum line. The donor tissue is typically taken from the roof of your mouth or from surrounding gums. In some cases, the tissue may be taken from a donor.

Surgery is performed under a local anesthetic and sedation. The donor tissue is harvested and sutured into place in the areas affected by recession. As you heal, the tissues fuse together, forming a tight, protective seal around your teeth. With a successful gum graft, both your smile and your oral health are greatly improved.

The Different Types of Gum Grafts


There are a few different types of gum grafts that may be performed.
•  Connective tissue graft. A connective tissue graft is often used when root coverage is required. The tissue is harvested from the roof of your mouth, taken out from under a small flap created in your palate.
•  Free gingival graft. A free gingival graft is used when keratinized tissue is needed. This type of graft also uses tissue taken from the roof of your mouth, but the tissue is taken directly from the palate. This results in a larger, open wound.
•  Pedicle graft. A pedicle graft uses surrounding gum tissue to restore your gum line. Strategic incisions are made, and your gums are rearranged to cover the affected areas of your teeth. This type of graft helps to keep blood vessels intact, which can aid in faster healing.

With a gum graft, we can restore a healthy, natural gum line, enhancing the beauty of your smile and the health of your mouth. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Bradshaw Family Dental today at (928) 277-0076.
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Gum Graft - Prescott Valley, AZ • Bradshaw Family Dental
No matter how perfect your teeth are, a recessed gum line can leave you with a less than perfect smile. At Bradshaw Family Dental, we can help to treat gum recession, restoring your smile and your oral health, with a gum graft.
Bradshaw Family Dental, 7136 East Pav Way, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 • (928) 277-0076 • bradshawfamilydental.com • 9/15/2022 • Page Terms:dentist Prescott Valley •