If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you know that we’re living through an unprecedented time. In fact, you probably know even if you HAVEN’T been watching the news; it’s not every day that businesses close and people start wearing face masks!
COVID-19, a new virus plaguing the entire world, has completely changed the way we live our daily lives. Here in Illinois, the state has issued a shelter-in-place order, which has Illinoisans stuck at home until at least April 30. This order is impacting everything, from our work schedules and our children’s schools, to our dental appointments.
Countryside Dental’s COVID-19 Policy
At this time, Countryside Dental is following the advice of the CDC, ADA, and Illinois State Dental Society. This means that we are not seeing patients for routine or elective appointments (such as teeth whitening) until the COVID-19 crisis has passed. This policy is meant to protect both patients and staff, as social distancing is the surest way to prevent the virus’ spread.
However, we also know that oral health is very important – and that some situations require immediate care. Therefore, Countryside dental will continue to see patients for emergency appointments ONLY.
What is a Dental Emergency?
The ADA says that a dental emergency is any condition that is severely painful or potentially life threatening. Some of these conditions include:
- Abscesses or bacterial infection in the gums
- Fractured or missing teeth
- Broken crowns or bridges
- Uncontrolled bleeding or swelling
- Inflammation of dental pulp
- Dry socket dressing changes after oral surgery
If you are experiencing one of these conditions, the Countryside Dental team will be able to assist you and relieve your pain as quickly as possible. Our team will also take special care to ensure a highly hygienic and sanitary environment to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection.
Signs You Need Dental Care
Right now, many people are afraid to leave their homes due to COVID-19. Because of this, some people may ignore oral discomfort, so they don’t feel compelled to go to the dentist. How can you tell if what you’re feeling constitutes an emergency? Here are a few key signs:
If you suddenly encounter intense pain in your teeth or gums, this is a sure sign that something’s not right. While some people do experience tooth sensitivity regularly, sudden pain or pain that increases over time points to an infection. It’s best to get this looked at right away, as it will only get worse over time.
Picture this: you wake up in the morning, head into the bathroom, and notice that your jaw is slightly swollen and tender. If the swelling originates in your gums, it could be an abscess (a pocket of pus caused by a bacterial infection). Your dentist should deal with this as soon as possible, so call right away if you experience sudden swelling.
Broken or Lost Teeth
It may sound strange, but your teeth are alive. The dentin under your enamel is made up of delicate living tissue – and if your tooth falls out, that dentin is at risk of dying! If you chip, fracture, or knock out one of your teeth, make sure you get to your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner you act, the more likely you are to save your tooth!
Call for Emergency Care
If you need emergency dental care during this challenging time, Countryside Dental is here to help. You can call to reach our office and make an emergency appointment. You can also call this number with any questions, and our staff will do our best to help you.