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Your Dental Appointment and COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of displacement for some and you may have even found yourself confused as to what is open and closed. Many patients quickly found themselves with cancelled appointments and rescheduled procedures due to the virus. To prevent the virus, it only makes sense that we all work together and the sooner that everyone does work together, the quicker we can all get back to a normal life for ourselves.
Will My Dental Appointment Be Affected by COVID-19?
It is possible. All businesses and non-urgent medical and dental procedures were to cease until at least April 30th, 2020. Now, many businesses and medical/dental facilities have the option to open up to handle emergencies only or at full operation. It is important to note that not all offices will be open and in some areas, they may not be allowed to open just yet.
Our Torrance, CA office is ready to see patients and we have followed all CDC guidelines and protocol to ensure our office is not only clean and sanitary for you, but that social distancing is in place as well. If you would like to discuss your appointment with us, please call Steve S. Kim, DDS today.
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What Is A Dental Emergency?
Prior to the pandemic, you could walk into most dental offices for anything that you deemed a dental emergency and be seen, in most cases, the same day. Now, there are certain types of dental conditions that are considered an emergency during the pandemic and others that are not. It is important to only visit the dentist when you have a dental emergency to help stop the spread of the virus and continue to prevent it.
Below, we will give you a bit more information on what is considered an emergency and what is not considered an emergency during this pandemic. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Torrance, CA office.
Emergency – You WANT to Call Us
• Pain in a tooth, multiple teeth, or your jaw
• Gum infection with pain or swelling
• Braces that are broken or shifted and causing pain
• Bleeding that won’t stop
• Abnormal tissue from a biopsy
• Denture adjustments for cancer patients
• Post-care after a dental surgical procedure
• Swelling in or around the mouth that is painful
• Broken tooth
• Knocked out tooth
Non-Emergency – It CAN WAIT
• Treatment of cavities that are not causing pain
• Regular orthodontic visits
• Teeth whitening services
• Regular cleanings or routine checkups
• Removal of teeth that are not painful
We Are Here to Help You
Even though you may not be able to visit our office, we are still here to help you. We provide our patients with the best dental care and can speak with you over the phone. Call Steve S. Kim, DDS to discuss your dental health with us!
We are currently seeing patients for dental emergencies in our Torrance, CA office. Call today!