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Emergency Dental Care: Dealing with COVID-19

(This information was accurately given as of April 8th, 2020, by CDC).

COVID-19 dental care
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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention say that it's best to postpone all non-emergency. These regulations are also currently in alignment with the ADS (American Dental Association). For more in depth information, check out this link that explains some guidelines for the safety of dental operators and its patients:

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response

Dental professionals should have an open conversation with their clients to discuss whether one is having a serious dental crisis or not. Knowing when there is a dire situation can mean the difference of putting the patient and practitioner at risk. Less serious dental arrangements should be kept on hold until further news says that it's safe to be out like normal.

Emergency Procedures could include:

  • knocked-out teeth

  • broken teeth

  • severe tooth aches

  • significant gum pain or swelling

  • tooth decay

Non-emergency could be:

  • lost filling, crown, or bridge

  • minor toothache

  • cracked tooth without pain

Even if you think your oral situation may not fall under the "emergency" category, it is still important to contact your trusted dentist professionals. Ask about what should be be done, how soon, and preventative measures you can take at home. Quick thinking and action can help save a tooth, or teeth!

Whether you have what you believe to be an emergency or non-emergency, your health is still very important to us and you should always have a clear idea about what is going on with your health.

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