Ever since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, dental practices across the world were encouraged to reschedule non-urgent treatments to prevent the spread of the virus. Fortunately, we’re now seeing more and more countries starting to ease restrictions. In fact, several dental offices in Texas were given the green light to reopen.
If you’re planning to visit your dentist, you can expect that the care you receive will most likely be different from what you were used to.
Before you visit your dentist in Azle, Texas, the clinic conducts a telephone assessment before setting an appointment. They’ll ask questions about your current health condition and check if you have any suspected COVID-19 symptoms.
Changes in the reception and waiting area
Upon your arrival at the clinic, you may notice several changes in the reception area. First, a staff member will check your temperature. Then, you’ll be asked to sanitize your hands and wear a protective face mask. Finally, when you enter the waiting room, you’ll notice that it has been reorganized to follow the social distancing guidelines.
Available treatment options
There are a few dental procedures that won’t be available due to a suggested potential risk of virus transmission. However, treatments available will still depend on your dentist and location. Below are treatments that are more likely to be available.
- Examination and check-ups
- A dental extraction (not requiring a dental drill)
- Temporary fillings
- Denture fitting or repairv
- Dental x-ray
If you need implant placement or you’re experiencing dental problems that require extensive use of a dental drill, you should discuss it thoroughly with your dentist.