Going to The Dentist During Coronavirus Pandemic
In an era shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, our daily routines have transformed, and even the simplest tasks come with newfound concerns. One such activity is visiting the dentist. With intimate face-to-face interactions and the use of specialized tools, dental appointments might seem risky. This article delves into the intricacies of dental visits during the pandemic, shedding light on when it's essential, the precautions dental offices are taking, and how to keep yourself safe during your appointment.
Can I Still Go to The Dentist During COVID-19 Pandemic?
Conditions or treatments that will need to be postponed can be:
- general check-ups
- teeth whitening
- tooth extractions (without accompanied pain or swelling)
- broken or chipped teeth
- bleeding or sore gums
- halitosis (bad breath)
- loose teeth (that aren’t a choking hazard)
- concerns about dentures
- crowns and bridges
- clicking/grating jaw joint
- scale and polish
What Dental Treatments Are Allowed During Quarantine?
If you have COVID-19 but are in need of dental treatments, speak with your doctors about how they can help you and if you can get a referral to a dentist.
Dental Treatments That are Allowed:
- tooth extractions or root canal treatment to reduce pain
- fixing severe teeth damage from an accident for example
- management of ulcers or other issues regarding the lining of the gums and mouth
- providing care for patients with complex medical conditions that can worsen their general health
- if a patient is referred by a doctor for care that is medically necessary
Regulations may vary depending on your area so it is better to check up with the medical staff. Dentists are used to taking all the necessary measures to disinfect and assure a safe treatment. But it is advised to postpone any non-essential treatments and procedures even if you may have access to it.