Social distancing and health care concerns are at the front of everyone’s mind right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know to keep our distance from others and wash our hands as much as possible, but what happens if you experience a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies can be serious, and the last place you should go for dental pain is the emergency room. You shouldn’t have to choose between the risk of exposure to COVID-19 or living with the pain.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Chipped or fractured teeth, dental abscesses or infections, and knocked-out teeth are common dental emergencies that require proper treatment. Proper treatment for dental emergencies could mean saving a tooth or even your life.
Did you know that there is a dental emergency every 15 seconds for which people go to the ER? Unfortunately, the ER is not equipped to handle this. Health care providers on the front lines of the current crisis must be able to focus on providing care to those affected by COVID-19.
It may seem easier to visit the ER for treatment, but most healthcare workers are not trained to handle dental issues. Emergency rooms can only prescribe painkillers and antibiotics, so chances are good that you would be referred to a dentist for treatment anyway.
How Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics is Helping
Our team is ready and able to handle any dental problems that require immediate treatment. We continue to follow the CDC and ADA guidelines to ensure our patients and our team are protected. Twenty of our offices remain open to treat dental emergencies for you and your loved ones. Click here to book an appointment or call 833-840-3843.
Even in this time of uncertainty, we want to help you make the best decisions to keep your smile healthy. We all can do our part to prevent crowding in emergency rooms while still prioritizing our health and safety needs.