Social Distancing and Quarantine: How COVID-19 Will Impact Your San Diego Dental Emergency

Anytime an acute and urgent health issue rears its ugly head, it is perfectly normal to conclude that taking a trip to your local hospital’s emergency room is the right way to go about getting it sorted. All medical crises, however, are not created equal, especially during these strange, uncertain times of the mandatory social distancing in California and nationwide, along with curfews, and mandatory lockdowns across most of the United States. Although the doctors and nurses at your neighborhood hospital and the medical care staff at your local urgent care facility are prepared to deal with a wide range of critical health problems, dental-themed catastrophes are a problem unto themselves and they are very much outside of the purview of hospitals and other medical facilities.

Can I Just Go to the Emergency Room at My Local Hospital?Social Distancing and Quarantine: How COVID-19 Will Impact Your Dental Emergency

The fact that emergency rooms throughout our nation are presently at maximum capacity from those infected with and seeking treatment for the COVID-19 virus, your choices for dental treatments of any kind due to a dental emergency are going to be slim, and most hospital emergency rooms are not usually equipped with the necessary tools and properly trained staff to deal with a dental emergency.

What Dental Issues Are Considered an Emergency Right Now?

Times being what they are, prior to trying to make a trip to your dentist’s office, you need to be absolutely certain that you really and truly have an oral health emergency that is severe enough to justify making a dental appointment. Listed below are just some of the more frequently-occurring dental crises that you do need to find professional care for immediately:

  • A fractured tooth
  • A chipped tooth
  • An abscessed tooth
  • An infected tooth
  • A tooth that has been knocked out

I Am Still Not Sure if I Have a Real Dental Emergency

It can sometimes be hard to tell if the dental issue you are having is really an emergency, especially if you are in a lot of pain. 

If you are still feeling uncertain as to whether or not your particular circumstances meet the basic requirements of a dental emergency, you are always welcome to get in touch with our Del Mar team of dental professionals and ask us what the appropriate course of action is.

Regardless of your current dental problems, please do not make an appointment with our offices or the offices of another dentist if you suspect that you have been exposed to COVID‑19 and/or are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, dry cough, and are having difficulty breathing. If you think you might be infected, please call your regular healthcare provider for instructions.

Here at Curtis L. Chan, DDS, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. With regular San Diego dental appointments and consistent, routine care, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.

The respected professionals at our San Diego dental offices are here to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.

It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a dentist in Del Mar, please give us a call at (858) 481-9090 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.

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