Our practice will remain open for emergencies only until May 18.
First and foremost, the safety and well-being of our patients, community, and staff are always our highest priorities.
The current COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, and we want to reassure you we are monitoring the most up-to-date guidance from multiple trusted sources, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Dental Association, and more.
As a practice, we follow CDC and OSHA guidelines to prevent the spread of infectious diseases at all times. Please be assured we’re committed to providing a safe experience for all of our guests, as always!
“Should I reschedule my appointment?”
In order for the dental industry to do its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the ADA recommends dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.
If you have an appointment scheduled before May 18th, the office will call you to reschedule. You may also call the office to follow up and we will return your call as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Emergency vs Non-Emergency Dental Procedures
The following list from the ADA should be helpful in determining what is considered “emergency” versus “non-emergency.”
This guidance may change as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, and dentists should use their professional judgment in determining a patient’s need for urgent or emergency care.
1. Dental emergency
- Dental emergencies are potentially life threatening and require immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain or infection, and include:
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Cellulitis or a diffuse soft tissue bacterial infection with intra-oral or extra-oral swelling that potentially compromise the patient’s airway
- Trauma involving facial bones, potentially compromising the patient’s airway
- Urgent dental care focuses on the management of conditions that require immediate attention to relieve severe pain and/or risk of infection and to alleviate the burden on hospital emergency departments. These should be treated as minimally invasively as possible.
- Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation
- Pericoronitis or third-molar pain
- Surgical post-operative osteitis, dry socket dressing changes
- Abscess, or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling.
- Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma
- Dental trauma with avulsion/luxation
- Dental treatment required prior to critical medical procedures
- Final crown/bridge cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation
- Other urgent dental care:
- Extensive dental caries or defective restorations causing pain
- Manage with interim restorative techniques when possible (silver diamine fluoride, glass ionomers)
- Suture removal
- Denture adjustment on radiation/oncology patients
- Denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded
- Replacing temporary filling on endo access openings in patients experiencing pain
- Snipping or adjustment of an orthodontic wire or appliances piercing or ulcerating the oral mucosa
2. Dental non-emergency procedures
- Routine or non-urgent dental procedures include but are not limited to:
- Initial or periodic oral examinations and recall visits, including routine radiographs
- Routine dental cleaning and preventive therapies
- Orthodontic procedures other than those to address acute issues (e.g. pain, infection, trauma)
- Extraction of asymptomatic teeth
- Restorative dentistry including treatment of asymptomatic carious lesions
- Aesthetic dental procedures
Additional information regarding COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is central to responding to this threat and a good source of information. More information regarding how to protect yourself can be found on their website.
The CDC provides dentists with a list of Standard Precautions, which we have followed for years and will always continue to follow. Their guidelines are instrumental in keeping our patients and staff safe as well as preventing the spread of any infection. Additional resources:
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions. Be assured your health and safety will continue to be our top priority as this situation develops!