The COVID-19 outbreak has altered our lives in a number of ways. In accordance with current local regulations relating to social distancing, most dental offices are only able to see patients for emergency treatments. If you’ve had to cancel or delay a dental visit during the outbreak, here’s what you should know.
Why Are Appointments Being Canceled During COVID-19?
While many dental offices are still open in the midst of the outbreak, the vast majority are only providing essential or emergency care for issues such as:
- Especially painful problems
- Signs of a potential infection
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Oral trauma requiring timely intervention
In an effort to balance social responsibility with patient care, these dental offices are seeing patients for emergency issues requiring timely treatment. Although you won’t be able to get a cleaning or checkup, you can make an appointment for things such as infections, dental pain and damaged teeth.
When Will Regular Dental Services Begin Again?
Right now, it’s not clear when dentists will be able to start taking non-emergency patients again. Most experts believe it will be sometime within the next several weeks. In the meantime, you can check in with your office to get a better idea of when they expect to start operating at full capacity.
If the outbreak has caused you to miss an appointment, we want In the meantime, you should follow the ADA’s guidelines for proper dental hygiene to make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy until you can visit the dentist.
If you do need to visit the dentist for an emergency treatment, you can rest assured that all of our offices are strictly adhering to both the CDC’s and ADA’s recommended precautions, as well as government edicts, in order to protect our patients and team members and limit the spread of COVID-19.