From Monday the 27th April, the Australian Government has agreed to ease restrictions for elective surgery, including some dental procedures.
COVID19 Level 2 restrictions at the dentist
In dentistry, social distancing cannot be observed, and non-essential procedures will still be postponed. However, there is more scope now for treatment options to remedy small problems or prevent them from deteriorating.
Specifically, routine check-ups can now be carried out with a manual clean. Some people have always preferred their dentist hand-scale to remove hard build-ups over the ultrasonic scaling technique. In fact, a dentist’s clean has generally used both methods because manual use of a single instrument is more effective in hard to reach spaces and on particularly hardened plaque.
Some fillings are now permitted where required. If you know you need one, or have concerns about an existing filling, these treatments are back on offer.
Even RCT can be performed as an important tooth-saving option.
Screening for your protection
Our staff will continue to ask screening questions prior to booking an appointment, and again when you arrive. As we do this with everyone, we are keeping you safe too.
In addition, staff are conscious of keeping themselves ‘distanced’, and will not attend for work if they come into contact with anyone who is unwell.
We will continue with our shorter operating hours of 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
We answer your phone calls
Unlike many practices, we have remained open through these past weeks and our dental assistants have been on hand to take any calls. We are happy to answer questions, or pass particular concerns on to the dentist for clarification.
Of course, we can still treat dental emergencies as before, just phone after 9am weekdays.
Swelling to the jaw or face / Tooth ache – moderate to severe
A broken tooth / Trauma or injury, particularly to the front teeth
As usual, please call us with your questions or concerns, and stay safe.
See you on the other side.