WINSTON COUNTY - The Alabama Department of Public Health has released recommendations which essentially will stop all non-urgent dental procedures in the state through April 10, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation will be reassessed at that time with new guidance issued, ADPH stated.
Procedures defined as urgent care include the following:
• Dental pain (including chronic ulcerative mucosal disease management);
• Swelling of gums, face, or neck;
• Signs of infection, such as a draining site;
• Trauma to face, jaw, or teeth, including fractures;
• Pre- and post-transplant, radiation, or bisphosphonate patients with oral symptoms (evaluate by telephone screening first);
• Pre-transplant evaluations;
• Referrals made by physicians or other health care providers;
• Potential malignancy;
• Broken tooth;
• Ill-fitting denture;
• Final crown/bridge cementation if the temporary restoration has broken, is lost or is causing gingival irritation.
Dentists and specialists are being urged to reschedule the following types of appointments:
▪ Any cosmetic or aesthetic procedures, such as veneers, teeth bleaching, or cosmetic bonding;
▪ All routine hygiene appointments;
▪ Any orthodontic procedures not including those that relieve pain and infection or restore oral function or are trauma-related;
▪ Initiation of any crowns, bridges or dentures that do not address or prevent pain or restore normal oral functioning;
▪ Any periodontal plastic surgery;
▪ Extraction of asymptomatic non-carious teeth;
▪ Recall visits for periodontally healthy patients.
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