10 Jun

Are Dental Visits Really Necessary During the Pandemic?

In these uncertain times, everyone wants to do what is best, but they may not know what that is. Are dentists essential healthcare workers? Absolutely! Should you go to the dentist for everything you would normally? Not necessarily. Here’s what you need to know.

Routine Cleaning and Exam

Unless you are experiencing dental pain or tooth or gum sensitivity, it is not urgent to have your bi-annual dental exam and cleaning. While they are very important, it is not essential at this time. Our appointments are limited while we try to maintain social distancing measures and implement additional sterilization procedures. 

Toothache

Pain anywhere in the body is an indication that there is something wrong. One of the reasons we feel pain is to alert us that we have been hurt. If you have a toothache, even if it is mild, you should contact us for an appointment. There is no need for you to be in pain. And if you do not get treatment the pain could worsen, and you could develop a severe infection or abscess.

Tooth Trauma

If you have any type of trauma to your mouth that chips, breaks, cracks, loosens, or knocks out a tooth, you should contact us immediately for assistance and instructions. If a tooth has been knocked out whole there is a chance it can be reattached within 30 minutes of the injury, so it is important to act quickly.

Dental Appliance Adjustments

Dental appliances such as dentures, partials, braces, and retainers need to be adjusted on occasion. Although these are not urgent matters, ignoring them can cause pain and damage to the jaw and gum tissue. Contact our office to schedule your appointment. We will try to get you in as close to your treatment plan as possible, but may have to postpone a bit to accommodate more urgent patients.

Please bear with us during this time. We are here to serve you as always, to the best of our ability. We will continue to keep you updated on any changes. If you aren’t sure if your dental issue requires immediate treatment, contact us and we’ll be happy to determine if you need an appointment.

Dr. Obrochta