Why routine dental treatments are not available
Dental check-ups and treatments involve close contact between the dentist and patient and so should not take place. 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 call your practice. They 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.
When will the practice re-open?
The Government and the Chief Dental Officer announced on Thursday 28th May that dental practices can re-open from Monday 8th June IF all safety measures and correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are in place.
While we have been unable to see and treat patients, we have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure these measures are met.
The safety of our staff and patients is of the highest priority to us and with these new measures in place the practice will be quite different.
When we re-open we will be giving priority to the patients who have had to contact us with dental emergencies during the lockdown.
Please bear with us while we continue to work towards re-opening.
We will bring you further updates during the next week and in the mean time we are still on the end of the phone if you have a dental emergency.