“As dental practitioners, we are equally responsible for helping to mitigate this problem by following strict directions provided by local, State and Federal Governments as well as the ADA."
Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Las Vegas, NV - Apr 13, 2020 - COVID-19 has brought about a lot of peril in the United States and across the world. From changing our daily routines, to putting our daily needs at a complete halt and even extinguishing many lives, both American and foreign. As of this date, there are over 20,000 deaths in the United States and over 102,000 deaths worldwide.
Dr. Jeffrey N. Suffoletta of Functional Aesthetic Dentistry has taken the challenge to do all he can to make it a little easier for everyone in need of emergency dental services to know what is essential in his field. Additionally, dentists across the Country can help our Urgent Care Organizations by taking in more emergency cases within their capabilities. This is particular to procedures that may require immediate attention and could alleviate the demand to Urgent Care Doctors. Some of these issues outlined by the ADA have been listed below for your convenience.
Pulpal inflammation, causing severe dental pain
Third-molar pain or Pericorontitis
A localized bacterial infection or abscess, which causes pain and swelling
Avulsion or luxation dental trauma
Tooth fracture that can cause dental trauma or pain
Any dental treatment required prior to a critical medical procedure
Abnormal tissue biopsy among others listed in the ADA website.
As Dr. Suffoletta mentions, “As dental practitioners, we are equally responsible for helping to mitigate this problem by following strict directions provided by local, State and Federal Governments as well as the ADA. Part of this process is helping the general public understand what is and what is not considered emergency dental services.” He followed with, “As recommended by the ADA, an emergency is considered to be a potentially life-threatening issue that requires immediate attention. In dentistry, this could include ongoing bleeding of the gum tissues, a soft-tissue bacteria infection and an infection that can cause a patient’s airways to be compromised”.
Per the ADA, some of the added issues outlined are additional trauma brought on by infection in the facial bones. These guidance’s are capable of changing on a daily or weekly basis, based on mitigating circumstances, while we continue to wait and see whether COVID-19 cases continue to rise or fall.
Dr. Jeffrey N. Suffoletta is a Las Vegas, NV Dentist with over 15 years of experience in his field. His dental practice focuses on restorative, preventative and aesthetic dentistry. He earned his dental degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. He has made a commitment to his patients and himself to bring them the latest in dental technology available in his field.
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