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Dental care during the Covid-19 ​pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is having wide-ranging impacts on our everyday lives, including scheduled dental and other appointments. We all need to work together to prevent the spread of the virus.

GSLDS Members taking Emergency Patients (sorted by zip code)

How do I know what is considered a dental emergency?

Here’s a guide to what you can reschedule for a time when your dentist has resumed normal operations, and what you should consider an emergency. You can also download this guide. If you’re not sure whether your dental care need counts as an emergency, call your dentist’s office. They can help decide if you need to be seen immediately.

  1. Dental care you can reschedule for another time:

    • Regular visits for exams, cleanings and x-rays
    • Regular visits for braces
    • Removal of teeth that are aren’t painful
    • Treatment of cavities that aren’t painful
    • Tooth whitening
  2. Dental care that you should have taken care of by a dentist at this time:

    • Bleeding that doesn’t stop
    • Painful swelling in or around your mouth
    • Pain in a tooth, teeth or jaw bone
    • Gum infection with pain or swelling
    • After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal)
    • Broken or knocked out tooth
    • Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer
    • Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheek or gums
    • Biopsy of abnormal tissue

Even during this outbreak, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Learn how to take care of your mouth when you’re sick.

Our members are held to a high ethical standard and excellence in patient treatment. Our policies protect the integrity of dentistry and provide meaningful resources for the advancement of patient care.  We advocate for the profession at the local and state levels and provide continuing education for dentists, and in doing so make our dentists better clinicians. 

A member of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society represents the highest of quality dental care in their service to the community.

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