All our team hope that our patients are in good health and remain so. We will be ensuring that Elgin Dental Care take every possible precaution, to maintain the health of visitors and staff members.
Advice from our own specialists, health authorities and professional bodies means we need to focus on essential and emergency appointments.
Whether these are same day, within 24 hours, or at a more routine interval will depend on the problem. Guidelines have been issued to us and we will try to exceed them.
Talk to our staff, who may be able to give immediate advice and can also assess your symptoms. You should still note that we can not offer general treatment to:
- Patients over 70 years of age.
- Patients in a high risk group.
People in these groups are in any event being asked to stay at home. There may however be exceptions, where treatment is required:
- If you are currently in pain, with a dental, or oral cause.
- Where deferring treatment would result in a worse prognosis.
This could include orthodontic treatment, where a delay may result in pain, or a worse outcome. Or dental implants, where a delay could render implant placement, or restoration impossible.
If the above raise any concerns, or questions for you, please call us on 020 7286 1830. The time you need will be given and a solution found for most situations.
In case you have a delay accessing treatment, there is a useful guide to self care at home, for dental pain and damage to fittings:
This is helpful in a variety of circumstances, although we will of course make every effort to offer you support as soon as possible.
Aerosol Generating Procedures
These are procedures where aerosol like emissions can be generated, often from a patient’s saliva. They need to be avoided, with human coronaviruses being able to survive for up to five days on indoor surfaces.
Whilst hygiene between patients has been significantly increased, there is still a risk of cross infection for other visitors and our staff.
We will naturally avoid these procedures, which means not using high speed handpieces, or several types of scalers. This can restrict treatment for all patients, although there are steps we can take where need requires this.
Examples may include using an air syringe used solely on the irrigation function, with low pressure air flow. Or using slow speed handpieces where essential.
Suction remains an option, as do rubber dams, or dry guards of cotton wool, or gauze, to help with moisture control. Each patient’s requirements will be individually assessed and the best solution offered.
Wider Coronavirus Requirements
Infection control and hygiene have always been of paramount importance at our practice. Procedures are being further enhanced re Coronavirus (Covid-19), voluntarily and in line with guidance from health authorities.
The practices we use for hand sanitation and disposing of protective gloves after each patient will help. Additional, rigorous cleaning with anti-bacterial materials is taking place, in surgeries and waiting areas.
Our staff are being supported in a personal sense and through complete understanding of procedural changes. We also want to ensure the community receives full support from each other and ask that you do not attend if:
- You have visited a high risk country within the last 14 days, or had close contact with anyone who has.
- You have a cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, or have been in contact with others showing symptoms.
The likelihood is that if the above apply, you will in any case be in quarantine. There is no intention to discriminate and we will make every effort to ensure people in need receive dental treatment but must adhere to this approach.
As with any queries, please get in touch with our team on 020 7286 1830 if any of the above apply and we will try to help.
Monitoring the ongoing coronavirus situation and acting appropriately will continue to be a priority for us. Your cooperation is appreciated on this, we will get through the problem by pulling together, in a protective way.
Looking after ourselves will help, even with varying degrees of isolation. Keeping hydrated and maintaining a healthy diet matter, as does as much exercise as you can manage, alongside keeping in regular contact with people.
Nobody should suggest there isn’t a problem but the worst media stories from a couple of months ago have not yet come true. If we work together, look after ourselves and each other, this can remain so.