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March 29, 2020

Choosing an Emergency Dentist Over the ER in the Era of COVID-19

Filed under: Uncategorized — viennasmiles @ 7:46 pm
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When a dental emergency occurs and you don’t know what to do, your first thought might be to visit the emergency room. While it might make sense to visit an emergency room for care, an emergency dentist is actually better equipped to handle more dental issues. Furthermore, in the time of COVID-19 where medical resources are stretched thin, choosing a dentist can actually be a much safer option for your own safety as well as the safety of those around you. Here’s why!

Reduce Your Risk of Getting COVID-19 (and Spreading Germs)

Hospitals take many precautions to create a safe environment for all patients, whether they are visiting for reasons related to COVID-19 or something else. However, it’s been reported that COVID-19 is extremely contagious, making hospitals a particularly higher risk to visit for dental issues compared to a dentist. If you want to reduce your risk of exposure as much as possible, it’s better to go somewhere where traffic is much lighter, such as a local dental office.

Furthermore, COVID-19 is known to be present in individuals even if they have no symptoms whatsoever. If you have not been tested yet for COVID-19, there’s no way to know for sure if you aren’t currently spreading germs. To keep others around you safe, consider a dental practice for handling your urgent dental issue.

Giving Hospital Workers Breathing Room

As you may have heard, hospitals are becoming more and more crowded in order to account for the large influx of COVID-19 patients. Whether they need beds, ventilators, or other medical resources, it’s important that hospital workers and doctors get what they need in order to help those suffering the most from the current pandemic. This makes them less capable of handling other dental emergencies, such as an urgent dental issue.

Additionally, many emergency rooms aren’t particularly equipped to help those suffering from a toothache or even a knocked-out tooth. Unless your jaw is broken or your mouth is bleeding profusely and won’t stop, a dental practice will be better able to assist in confirming the cause of your issue, removing pain, and getting you on the path towards treatment.

Emergency Dentists are Prepared to Help!

Whether it’s a toothache, a cracked or broken tooth, an oral infection or something else, emergency dentists are able to help even during the current quarantine. Dental practices are largely closed for exams, cleanings and other non-essential services, but they are more than able to get you seen for urgent dental care when you need it.

Additionally, practices are offering virtual consulting (also known as teledentistry) in order to help those with issues they don’t know how to properly address. By calling an emergency dentist today, you can get issues handled before they get worse!

About Vienna Smiles

When you’re dealing with a dental emergency, the dentists at Vienna Smiles have the expertise to not only get it treated, but do so in a comfortable and accommodating way. They’re office is also happy to perform teledentistry in the event you need to speak with a dentist and determine the next best course of action. If you’d like to speak with the practice directly, you can contact them through their website.

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