COVID-19 has led to numerous changes in the health care industry. Who knew there would be a time where everyone would be wearing a mask on the streets?
On 28th May, the Government announced that dental practices will be opening up again from 8th June. Please keep a look out for when your dentist is opening up again. Of course, changes in dental practices will be implemented to ensure patients’ and dentists’ safety, and to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Dentists are still taking virtual consultations, and are able to help you over the phone if needed.
Why were Dental Practices closed?
Following the advice given from NHS England and the Department of Health, all dental practices were advised to close. This is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.
It is possible that you may experience some dental pain until practices are open. If you do experience this, Paracetmol, Ibuprofen and Co-Codamol are all effective pain killers to help with toothache.
If you find that you’ve lost a filling or a crown/cap has come off, then it would be advised to buy a temporary filling kit from a supermarket or a pharmacy to repair these.
If you have a swelling on your face and/or raised temperature, unbearable pain in your tooth or bleeding that hasn’t stopped after having your tooth out, please contact your dentist as soon as possible, or contact 111.
Of course, if you are unsure or need further advice, it is best to contact your local dentist, especially if home care is not working. Please do not try “at home” dentistry!
We would like to thank you all for your ongoing patience during this difficult time, and we look forward to seeing you again!
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