What is emergency dental under COVID restrictions

So COVID19 has changed life as we know it - and the way we have to mange your dental care for the moment.

At this point in time all dentists must opperate at ‘Level 3’ restrictions; this means all non-essential dental should be delayed until further notice. This is because some dental work can create aerosols (fluid droplets) which may be concerning to the dental team. 

We are here to help in the case of a dental emergency;

A dental emergency is a situation that requires immediate treatment. It may involve conditions that cause severe pain, infection or directly affect your health.

This may include but is not limited to:

  • Swelling affecting your mouth, face and/or neck.
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Damage to your mouth or jaw following an accident or injury causing loss of a tooth or teeth being moved from their original position in the mouth.
  • Severe dental pain that is affecting your sleep 
  • Tooth fracture where the nerve inside the tooth is involved
  • Ulcers present in the mouth for extended period (3 weeks+)
  • Orthodontic wire or bracket fractures 
  • Uncontrolled bleeding 
  • Patients referred by a doctor for medically necessary dental care 
  • Treatment of a dental condition that can directly affect your health

What if I'm unsure?

In some cases you may find it difficult to assess the urgency of your dental concern.  The team at bc dental are here to help you assess and manage the situation.  Please call the practice on 9589 2675

What should I do if I'm half way through my treatment?

If your treatment has already begun and you are schedueld to have it finshed, you should contact your dentist to discuss whether it's safe to defer the treatment.
If delaying your treatment might cause detrimental health concerns, the clinical team will help determine the best course of action for you.
Where treatment should not be deferred, your dentist will complete the work taking extra precautions or refer you to someone who is able to complete it.
If you have an appointment booked with us, the team will be in contact to help assess the urgency and manage your appointment. 
In the vast majority of cases appointments will be delayed some months - please take the opportunity to discuss your home care routine with the team and we'll be happy to send out a oral health care pack so you can stay healthy & happy until we see you next.

What should I expect if I do see my dentist?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, additional steps are being made to stop the spread of the virus. You might see an empty waiting room and be asked to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser as you enter the practice. Your dentist will ask you to do a mouthwash prior to treatment and will likely use a ‘rubber dam’ to perform any emergency treatment. All of these measures are designed to minimise any risk to you and the team.

Can I be treated for a dental emergency if I have or am in isolation wiating for COVID19 test results or have COVID-19?

If you need urgent dental care and think you may have COVID-19, it’s important to call your dentist and discuss your situation.

There are many things we may be able to do to assist you with medication and homecare advice.

If tretament is necessary - we are able to assist in scheudling care in a specialist setting as an in-patient or within a hospital by appropriately trained and credentialed dental professional.

So until we move close to a better kind of normal - stay well, stay in touch and look after that smile.