What can I do in a dental emergency, since many dentists are closed due to the current pandemic? Here’s what you need to know to navigate dental care while following recommendations for COVID-19.
First of all, Dentists are offering urgent care services to dental patients if a dental emergency should arise. You can know what to do in a dental emergency, so don’t let fear or panic take over. Know your options, make a plan, and be prepared. We can do this!
Know Your Options
Find out from your dental office, or one near you, what services they are offering at this time, and what their policies and procedures are for COVID-19. They can tell you what they will do in a dental emergency situation, and help you plan for any foreseeable emergency.
Make a plan for how you will handle any emergency medical need. How will you coordinate care, who will you call, and what can you do? Having a plan prepared ahead of time can reduce anxiety and confusion when you most need a calm and measured response.
Having an emergency dental kit and a basic understanding of how to treat things like toothaches, discomfort, and how to maintain good oral hygiene can go a long way towards being prepared, and even preventing a dental emergency. If your dentist is available by phone or telemedicine, you can be prepared to consult with them if you have a need or concern, and are unsure about what your next steps should be. Your dental office is your best resource for determining what kind of care you will need, and if you can treat at home, or what to do in a dental emergency.
Learn what you can
Take time to learn about different kinds of minor dental emergencies, like how to respond if a filling falls out, or what to do if you have a mild toothache. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or find answers. Everyone is navigating a strange new world, and finding our way begins with a willingness to learn what we can do.
If you need to consult with a dentist during this time about your current dental care needs, call our 5th Street, Riverside, Galleria, Heights, Oak Forest, Rice Village, Richmond, Spring or Hulen dental offices to talk with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.