No matter where you are in America, you’ve been affected, in some way, by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump and his team of experts have issued strong recommendations for all Americans to practice social distancing, to refrain from any gatherings of 10 or more people and avoid participating in any non-essential activities. When it comes to receiving dental care, this leaves some grey areas that need some clarification. For starters, you need to know, what constitutes a dental emergency? Read on to get the answers so that you can still get the help you need during these trying times for our country.
What’s Considered a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies are situations that require immediate care to restore your oral health to normal. Some of the typical indicators are tissue bleeding, severe pain or infection, and tooth breaks or loss.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), here are some common symptoms:
- Uncontrolled bleeding that lasts for more than 10 minutes
- A soft tissue bacterial infection with swelling in the mouth or jaw, that can potentially compromise your airway
- Trauma involving facial bones and potentially inhibiting your breathing
Treating Dental Emergencies During the COVID-19 Crisis
Although the current health crisis has presented an unprecedented set of challenges, states have been left some leeway to make decisions as to how to best implement the guidelines issued from President Trump’s task force and the World Health Organization (WHO). That’s because the virus’s trajectory is so varied from state-to-state and county-to-county.
As it pertains to the state of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has remained flexible in allowing local officials to set standards that are best suited for its citizens, as long as they remain in compliance with the federal government’s guidelines.
How Local Dentists are Handling Dental Emergencies
While it’s left up to each dentist’s discretion to determine what type of emergency dental care he or she will provide, here are some situations that are considered a higher priority:
- Biopsy of abnormal tissue
- Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation
- Post-operative osteitis (also referred to as dry socket)
- Dental trauma with avulsion/luxation (tooth dislodgement)
- Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma
- Dental treatment required before receiving critical medical procedures
- Abscess or localized bacterial infection resulting in pain and swelling
- Pericoronitis (gum tissue inflammation around a partially erupted molar)
- Final crown/bridge cementation if a temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival (gum) irritation
If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, you’re not expected to struggle on your own. Your emergency dentist in Plano is eager to help restore your oral health. The first step is to reach out to speak with a helpful staff member so you can get the relief that you need in the safest and most effective manner.
About the Author
Dr. Jason L. Montgomery is a graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry. Because he won’t settle for providing anything less than the absolute best in care, he has taken over 500 hours of continuing education. Dr. Montgomery understands that these are difficult times, but that dental emergencies will still happen. Thus, he is available to provide the expert care needed to help you recover at his private practice. He can be reached for more information through his website.