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Emergency Dental Care: Getting Dental Treatment During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Emergency dental patient in need of dental treatment

You probably already know it. That the dull ache underneath that tooth won’t subside on its own. That chipped tooth will only get worse if it continues to go untreated. That uncomfortable sensitivity to hot or cold food or drink will only increase in severity. Yet, as the world hunkers down to wait out the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, many Americans are wrestling with a crucial question, “is my dental problem urgent enough to seek treatment now?”

Find out what qualifies a dental emergency during the Covid-19 outbreak and take a look at what dental offices are doing to accommodate people just like you who need emergency dental services.

Note: This content does not constitute medical advice. Talk with your primary care physician about your personal risks to the Covid-19 outbreak to inform your decision of whether or not you’re healthy enough to interact with strangers.

Can I See a Dentist If I Have to Shelter in Place?
Yes, you can still see a dentist if your issue qualifies. Emergency dental care is considered an essential service during this outbreak. However, the American Dental Association has called on dentists nationwide to suspend all elective procedures.

In states and municipalities under order to shelter in place, dentists have been urged by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to suspend non-emergency dental services to limit person-to-person contact.

What Qualifies as a Dental Emergency?
Broadly, a dental emergency is any oral-facial issue, including facial trauma, that is extremely time sensitive – that is, any issue affecting your mouth or facial bones that’ll become much worse if you don’t act soon.

The things that make a dental issue an emergency are elevated pain and increased vulnerability:

What Should I Do If I’m on a long-term treatment plan?
Call your dentist to get guidance on what you can do at home to maintain the progress you’ve made during treatment until normalcy returns and you can resume treatment. If your treatment is considered an “elective procedure,” your emergency dentist will likely ask you to hold off until they restore normal operations.

What If My Issue is Urgent, But Not an Emergency?
Consider telemedicine. As movement across the country continues to tighten, dentists are increasingly adjusting to these limitations by offering virtual consultations. You may be able to get a preliminary exam via a mobile device, laptop or desktop computer equipped with a camera and microphone. It may be the next best thing to a 24-hour emergency dentist for the time being.

What Can I Do At Home If I’m in Self-Isolation Due to the Coronavirus?
The best things you can do to maintain your dental health at home are pretty much things we should all be doing daily: brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash twice every day.

What Are Dental Offices Doing to Minimize the Risk of Infection for Patients and Staff?
Like other small and midsize businesses, emergency dentists have been following the CDC’s Infection Control guidelines to minimize the risk of spreading Covid-19.

These measures include increasing the frequency of cleaning, taking extra care in sanitizing high tough points and minimizing person to person contact. Some dental offices are updating their websites with projected wait times for patients and are offering virtual consultations.
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Convenient Care, Even for Dental Emergencies

Convenient Care, Even for Dental Emergencies

When an emergency strikes, immediate care needs to take place. Without care right away, you risk issues beginning, which is no different in the field of dentistry. This is why dentists all over, including Dentistry of Fishers has turned to having emergency dental services. While emergencies are never expected, it is important to have care if it does, and knowing your problem will be solved. Whether your tooth chips, a tooth falls out unexpectedly, or you’re experiencing an extreme oral infection, immediate treatment is necessary. Oral health is as important as overall health, so taking care of problems early is extremely important.

Emergency dental services are offered by a lot of dentist now a day because of the need, but you should always ensure you check if your dentist offers these services. Just as you would a general care doctor, your dental care provider who is available for emergencies should be kept at the tip of your fingers, in case of serious issues.

Emergency dental care can help in situations from minor to extreme. No matter how minor the case may be, you should seek immediate care. Emergency dentists are able and equipped to help in all scenarios, so it is always a good idea to be safer than sorry when it comes to the health and care of your body.

The oral cavity can affect major parts of the body, such as the blood stream, so if you were to wait in the case of an oral emergency, more of your body may be affected without you even realizing.

Whenever you encounter a dental emergency, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a dentist immediately. Your dentist will be able to assist you, fix the problem, and stop the pain. Dental emergencies can happen at any time, and to anyone; your dentist will know exactly how to handle the situation.

Knowing that your dentist offers these services if anything ever arises, you know you’ll always be covered. Contact us if you find yourself in a predicament.
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