1935 E. Battlefield St, Suite A.
Springfield, MO 65804

Emergency or not?

By now I am sure you have heard Greene County has issued stay at home orders except for certain essential areas. Dentists are included in the essential, but keep in mind that this virus is spread by respiratory droplets/aerosols. What better way to spread it than to work in the mouth. As such the CDC and American Dental Association recommended no dental treatment other than emergencies and urgent care. What does that include you might ask? Here are guidelines, straight from the ADA:

3/19/2020 Dental Associates of the Ozarks Mail – 

Emergency or Non Emergency? ADA Offers Guidance for Determining Dental Procedures

1. Dental emergency

*Dental emergencies are potentially life threatening and require immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain or infection, and include:
* Uncontrolled bleeding
* Cellulitis or a diffuse soft tissue bacterial infection with intra-oral or extra-oral swelling that potentially compromise the patient’s airway
* Trauma involving facial bones, potentially compromising the patient’s airway

Urgent dental care focuses on the management of conditions that require immediate attention to relieve severe pain and/or risk of infection and to alleviate the burden on hospital emergency departments. These should be treated as minimally invasively as possible.

* Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation
* Pericoronitis or third-molar pain
* Surgical post-operative osteitis, dry socket dressing changes
* Abscess, or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling. 
* Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma
* Dental trauma with avulsion/luxation
* Dental treatment required prior to critical medical procedures
* Final crown/bridge cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation

Other urgent dental care:
* Extensive dental caries or defective restorations causing pain
* Manage with interim restorative techniques when possible (silver diamine fluoride, glass ionomers) 
* Suture removal
* Denture adjustment on radiation/oncology patients
* Denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded
* Replacing temporary filling on endo access openings in patients experiencing pain 
* Snipping or adjustment of an orthodontic wire or appliances piercing or ulcerating the oral mucosa

2. Dental non emergency procedures

Routine or non-urgent dental procedures include but are not limited to:

* Initial or periodic oral examinations and recall visits, including routine radiographs
* Routine dental cleaning and preventive therapies
* Orthodontic procedures other than those to address acute issues (e.g. pain, infection, trauma)
* Extraction of asymptomatic teeth
* Restorative dentistry including treatment of asymptomatic carious lesions 
* Aesthetic dental procedures

Still unsure, call the office for information on how to contact the doctor.



1935 E. Battlefield St, Suite A
Springfield, MO 65804

Two Blocks East of the Mall

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  • Tuesday : 8:00am - 5:00pm
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