Coronavirus Affects Dental Visits

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Coronavirus Affects Dental Visits

Coronavirus Affects Dental Visits:

What does it mean for patients as Coronavirus forces office closures?

Coronoavirus affects dental visits. With COVID-19 continually spreading, executive orders to prohibit any non-urgent, non-emergency or unnecessary medical procedures are being submitted across the country. Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida issued his executive order and stated health care professionals, including dentists, are to immediately cease performing any elective services until after May 8, 2020.

Before this official order, the American Dental Association (ADA) made recommendations for all elective procedures to be postponed and for dentists only to take on emergency cases. The ADA hosted a webinar to educate dentists featuring protocols and procedures that should be followed while the COVID-19 outbreak is active. They also provided a page that is dedicated to resources about the virus.

When it comes to identifying what a dental emergency is, there is no exact definition. The ADA has published a guide to help dentists, and dental patients navigate what an emergency procedure entails and offer some clarifications.

Emergency and Urgent Dental Care Procedures Include the following according to the ADA:

  • Cementation when the temporary restoration is lost or broken, resulting in gingival irritation
  • Dental trauma that includes avulsion or luxation
  • Tooth fractures which result in pain or causing injury to soft tissue
  • Abscesses or localized bacterial infections which result in localized pain and/or swelling
  • Dry socket dressing changes and surgical postoperative osteitis
  • Third-molar pain or pericoronitis
  • Severe dental pain caused by pulpal inflammation

Patients experiencing dental pain or who suspect an infection should still reach out to their dentist within the 45-day order only to perform emergency dental services. As the Coronavirus affects dental visits, it does not mean you have to be in pain.  If you have a dental emergency, give us a call.

Dentists are also taking special considerations for some routine procedures that aren’t typically treated as an emergency. For instance, patients whose cardiologists order a dental exam and cleaning before starting a new medication could have an exception made due to underlying health issues related to their oral health.

As a patient, ask yourself if you can bear to wait 45 days to see the dentist about your dental health issues. If you don’t feel like you can wait, you may have an emergency dental case. But, if you think you can wait through the pain, the best plan of action is to set an appointment past the 45-day mark, after May 8, 2020.

Some patients are concerned about going to the dentist even in an emergency due to the current pandemic. The great news is that dentistry has made leaps and bounds in improving their sanitation procedures, and they are ramping up their disinfectant regimens during this time.

How Coronavirus affects dental visits and how it will continue to do so is something we are all unsure of, but as we receive more information, we will continue to update you. We thank you for your understanding during this time and look forward to seeing you all back in soon.
Drs Ortlieb, Rivera, and Champion

If you are in Deerfield Beach or the surrounding areas and have a dental emergency, feel free to contact our dental office we will do all we can to assist you.

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