The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on daily life is a fluid and rapidly changing situation. Pennsylvania– like many states– has adopted stay-at-home orders to help reduce the spread of this novel virus, which is highly contagious and transmitted through saliva and respiratory discharge.
In these unprecedented times, people are asked to postpone non-essential dental appointments and procedures to maintain the health and safety of themselves, their loved ones, and communities. In doing so, this allows dentists and oral surgeons to attend to patients facing true dental emergencies– some of which are potentially life-threatening.
Innovative Oral Implant and Oral Surgery– in accordance with guidelines from the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the American Dental Association– is treating patients for emergency dental concerns on a case-by-case basis in our Feasterville office.
Limiting face-to-face appointments to the most urgent of cases is one of the most effective means of reducing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting our communities.
What constitutes a dental emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic?
What is considered a dental emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic? The American Dental Association recommends immediate care for the following:
- Trauma to facial bones
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Persistent severe pain in the jawbone or teeth
- Abscess or soft-tissue bacterial infection in the mouth
- Gum infection with pain and swelling
- Severe tooth pain
- Post-operative dressing changes
- Post-operative suture removal
- Dental trauma resulting in tooth loss or tooth fracture
- Third-molar pain
- Biopsy of abnormal tissue
- Post-operative dry socket
Non-urgent dental procedures
Dental care that can be delayed for another time includes routine, non-urgent issues such as:
- Regular dental cleanings
- Routine X-rays
- Regular orthodontic appointments
- Tooth extraction for asymptomatic teeth
- A chipped tooth with no pain
- Restorative dentistry such as fillings or crowns for teeth that are not painful
- Cosmetic dentistry procedures like tooth whitening
Your health and wellbeing is our top priority
Most dental emergencies center around pain, infection, or serious trauma. If you are uncertain whether you should be seen, please reach out for a Teledental consultation. Our staff will ask about the severity and type of symptoms you are experiencing, the date of onset, your current medications, age, and any history of oral trauma.
With this detailed information, we can better assess your situation and determine if urgent or emergency dental care is necessary. If you or a member of your household is experiencing symptoms of novel coronavirus or has tested positive for COVID 19, please inform us prior to your visit.
COVID-19 safety guidelines
Our oral surgeons and staff are committed to the safe care and treatment of patients who have dental emergencies during the pandemic. Innovative Oral Implant and Oral Surgery complies with strict Infection Prevention and Control Standards and regulatory advice by using personal protective equipment (PPE), including protective eyewear, masks, gloves, and garments.
We have added two Negative Pressure Surgical Rooms that contain all airborne contaminants and practice stringent infection control protocols. Every morning, each member of our surgical and administrative staff is screened for fever, virus symptoms, and potential exposure to the coronavirus.
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we remain focused on offering emergency dental care and preserving the safety of our patients, our staff, and the communities of Feasterville, Newtown, Yardley, Langhorne, Philadelphia, Bensalem, and surrounding areas.
For more information, give us a call at 215-322-7810
Additional Dental Emergency During COVID-19 Resources:
- ADA, What Constitutes a Dental Emergency? https://success.ada.org/~/media/CPS/Files/Open%20Files/ADA_COVID19_Dental_Emergency_DDS.pdf
- The Lancet, Urgent dental care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30806-0/fulltext
- WebMD, Dental Emergencies During COVID-19 Pandemic https://www.webmd.com/lung/coronavirus-dental-emergencies