As we have all seen and heard about how things can change quickly regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), starting Wednesday March 18th, Suburban Dental will be closed for all non-emergeny care. Per all dental regulatory and governing bodies dentists and dental offices are to only offer treatment for dental EMERGINCES only at this time.
So, what constitutes a dental emergency?
Significant pain, unabated by over the counter pain relievers.
Significant bleeding that cannot be controlled.
Significant swelling, especially if it compromises the airway (throat).
Pain and bleeding may accompany trauma to the face or head; such trauma may also constitute a dental emergency, dependent on circumstances. Swelling, especially visible extraorally or distending tissues of the airway would be considered to be a dental emergency.
Generally speaking, a chipped tooth, lost filling or temporary crown are NOT emergencies. These can often be managed at home or wait until routine treatment is again deemed to be safe. Bleeding gums (in the absence of trauma) also falls in the non-emergency category, as does a broken tooth in the absence of pain and/or swelling.
Please keep this in mind if you think you DO have an emergency requiring immediate attention. We need to stay focused on social distancing and wish you and your loved ones health and safety.
We will be available to treat true dental emergencies and can be reached at the office at 716-312-1954. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions regarding this matter. As we begin to learn more, we will share that information with you. Please continue to follow us on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/suburbandental/) for any updates.
How can you prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19?
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Do not use your hands.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Calling in advance will allow your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility.
If you would like more information about our office’s dedication to your health and safety, please give us a call. For more information about what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization website.