Dentistry Services During COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic has had significant impacts on how we live our lives and the services that businesses are able to offer. For dental clinics, it’s important to strike a balance between offering patients a high level of emergency care as and when it’s needed, and also helping to keep everyone connected to the clinic and the public at large safe and healthy. Dentistry services then have to be focused on providing people with emergency services; for the time being, cosmetic and non-emergency treatments may need to be paused.
In focusing their efforts on emergency treatments, dental clinics are helping other medical services to focus all their energies on dealing with COVID-19. In many ways, they offer a line of defense against hospitals becoming overburdened with cases since dental practitioners can care for patients with dental emergencies who may otherwise have visited A&E.
By taking proper preventative measures, dentists can offer their services in a healthy and clean environment. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be an essential aspect of this.
Types of dental emergencies
At a time when more cosmetic dentistry treatment will have to wait, it’s important to focus on the dental emergencies that have to be treated, both to help the patient and to take the pressure off other healthcare providers. Below, we’ll outline some of the types of dental emergencies that must continue to be treated during the coronavirus pandemic.
Knocked out tooth
You never know what’s going to happen, even when you’re at home. If you find yourself in an incident that results in a knocked out tooth, then it’s important to get in contact with a dental practice as soon as possible. In many cases, a tooth that has become dislodged can be saved if the patient is treated quickly. If this happens to you, keep the tooth clean and try to put it back in the socket; if that doesn’t work, you can keep the tooth in milk until you make it to the dentist.
Intense tooth pain
Tooth pain can develop quickly and can often signify a problem that has to be handled by a professional. There could be any number of reasons for the pain. While sometimes tooth pain can be remedied using over the counter medication, if it becomes too severe, then a trip to the dentist will be required.
An infection won’t go away on its own. Indeed, over time the issue will only get worse. If you notice signs of an infection, such as mouth swelling or pain, then get in touch with us at Polished Dental Studio. We’ll be able to take steps to get rid of the infection. In the meantime, you can take over the counter medication if there’s associated pain.
If you find yourself with a dental emergency, then please feel free to contact us.