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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!

Oral Surgery
Prescott Valley, AZ


Image of a dental professional about to perform an oral surgery procedure at Bradshaw Family Dental.Dental oral surgeries are procedures that involve cutting, scraping, or otherwise altering the tissue in the mouth.

There are different types of dental oral surgeries performed depending on the type of problem being addressed.

Oral surgery is needed when the dentist or oral surgeon determines that traditional treatments and procedures will not work.

What is Oral Surgery?


Oral surgery is a specialty of dentistry that involves the surgical removal or manipulation of teeth, bone, and gums.

Oral surgeons are specially trained to perform procedures such as wisdom tooth removal, oral biopsies (removal of soft tissue), root canal therapy, and dental implant placement.


Like other forms of surgery, oral surgery has potential risks involved.

However, when performed by an experienced professional in a controlled environment with proper anesthesia and precautions taken to minimize risk factors, the chances for complications or permanent damage can be greatly reduced.

Types of Oral Surgery



Bone Grafting


Bone grafting is a common procedure that can be used to repair jawbone defects, treat gum recession and gum disease, or reconstruct the jaw. Bone grafts are often used in stages over a period of time.

For example, if you have lost all of your teeth due to gum disease or injury and you do not have enough natural tissue to support dental implants, your dentist may recommend obtaining a bone graft from another part of your mouth.

Bone grafting is also performed as part of other dental procedures, such as crown lengthening or placement.

For example, suppose you are missing several teeth on one side of your mouth but still have enough healthy gums remaining on that side to support dental implants.

In that case, it may be possible for your dentist to perform a bone graft before placing an implant in this area as well as any adjacent areas where there are missing teeth (for example: two adjacent implants).

Dental Implants


Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. A dentist or oral surgeon places them, and a superstructure (implant-supported crown) is attached to them.

The bone fuses with the implant, providing a solid foundation for replacement teeth. Implants can be used to support removable dentures or bridges or to anchor fixed dental crowns.

Guided Implant Surgery


Guided implant surgery is a procedure that uses an image-guided robot to place dental implants in the mouth. It is considered more accurate and less invasive than traditional implant surgery, which uses just a drill and forceps.

Guided implant surgery is performed by placing the patient under general anesthesia, which means they will be completely unconscious during the procedure.

Guided implant surgery has several benefits over traditional implant placement techniques:
•  The accuracy of the placement of each tooth's new root can be improved because there are fewer errors related to human error or muscle movement during placement.
•  The risk of damage or trauma to surrounding facial nerves and blood vessels is reduced because there are no unnecessary cuts made in delicate areas.
•  Guided implant surgery can also reduce recovery time compared with traditional methods because this type of surgery does not require incisions on your face or neck area.
•  Finally, guided implant surgery allows you more control over your comfort level throughout your entire treatment plan thanks to its use of local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia (which makes patients unconscious), which means there won't be any pain while undergoing this procedure.


Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery


Cosmetic periodontal surgery aims to improve the appearance of the gums and teeth. The procedure can be performed by a periodontist specializing in gum disease. This type of oral surgery can be done in an office setting with local anesthesia or sedation.

Tooth Extraction


Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket. After your dentist or oral surgeon has extracted the tooth, they will clean and prepare it for placement during a dental implant.

The surgical procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation (where you're awake but relaxed) or general anesthesia (where you sleep through the procedure).

The type of tooth extraction will depend on several factors, including how much bone is present, how many teeth are being treated, whether all roots are present and if there are any complications involved in extracting each individual tooth.

Gum Grafting


Gum grafting is a dental procedure in which healthy tissue from the mouth, neck, or palate area is transplanted to an area of the mouth that has been severely damaged by periodontal disease.

The main goal of gum grafting is to remove the dead tissue that has caused infection and inflammation, then replace it with healthy tissue to promote healing.

A gum graft can be performed under local anesthesia so you can watch during the procedure, or it may require general anesthesia in order for you to be asleep during surgery.

It usually takes about an hour to perform a gum graft surgery, depending on how much treatment is needed for your particular case.

The recovery time will vary depending on how much of your tissue needs replacing during surgery; however, most people are able to return back home within 24 hours after having their gums repaired surgically.

Risks of Dental Oral Surgeries


Dental oral surgery is not without risks. Some patients are allergic to the anesthetic and may need to be sedated, which can increase their risk of complications.

Complications may include: airway obstruction (e.g., swelling in the throat), infection (endocarditis), or bleeding from blood vessels that supply blood to the brain or other organs. Though these risks are uncommon.

If you have a complex medical history, including diabetes or heart disease, it’s important that you tell your dentist about any medications you take.

A second opinion may also be helpful if there are questions about whether or not a particular procedure is safe for you based on these factors or others.

The risks of dental oral surgery are minimal, especially if you do your research and prepare ahead of time. The more you know about the procedure, the more comfortable you will be during the actual operation.

Schedule a Consult in Prescott Valley Today!


Contact a professional dentist at Bradshaw Family Dental to schedule your next oral surgery or consultation session. Call (928) 277-0076 to make an appointment today.
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