Following advice from the British Dental Association, with the heaviest of hearts, we had to close the practice for the foreseeable future. During the pandemic, we will not be able to provide patients with routine dental care until further notice. This is so because dental check-ups and treatments involve close contact between the dentist and patient. Also, dentists and their teams have to avoid using tools like drills and the ones used for scales and polishes. This is to prevent them from catching the virus from an infected patient and passing it on to other patients. Drills and other high-speed tools create a lot of ‘spray’ from patients’ mouths so dentists need to use protective clothing and equipment. COVID-19 has a seven-day period before symptoms show, where someone wouldn’t know they had it and could pass it on to others. If an unsuspecting patient had a filling, the spray from doing that procedure would likely infect the dentist and the nurse. The personal protective equipment dentists wear when using high-speed tools is currently required by hospitals treating coronavirus patients. Without this equipment dentists, hygienists, therapists, and nurses are not safe to treat patients as normal.
What if I have a dental emergency?
Assuming you have not got COVID-19 related symptoms, you should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01223 506492 and we will be able to decide what your options are.
If you believe or know you have COVID-19 and have a dental emergency, please phone NHS 111.
Monica Bhardwaj and the New Square Team