Back in March 2020, Colorado’s governor Jared Polis announced a cessation of all elective and non-emergency medical and dental services in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This order remained in effect for one month, delaying routine check-ups, cosmetic procedures, and necessary but not emergent oral surgeries.
We understand you may feel frustrated if you needed dental work but could not receive it during the closure. Many patients have reported a worsening of their symptoms due the inability to access non-emergency dental care.
The dentists and staff of Southbridge Dentistry want you to know that we are committed to patient safety and to efficient service. Although you may experience a slight delay in scheduling appointments, we have worked through the backlog from Governor Polis’ executive order and will get you in as soon as possible.
Dental Challenges You May Be Facing Due to the Pandemic
We understand that each patient has unique oral healthcare needs. However, we saw some issues appear more often than others in response to delayed dental treatment and share three of the most common ones below.
- Delay in receiving dental implant: Some patients who had a tooth or teeth extracted in preparation for dental implant surgery experienced bone loss during the early days of the pandemic. Unfortunately, significant bone loss makes it more likely that dental implant surgery will fail. If you could not get in for an emergency appointment, know that we prioritize this type of problem and will take extensive safety precautions to complete the procedure now.
- Worsening gum disease: Gum disease typically develops slowly over time, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it or delay treatment when you have it. Perhaps you were about to receive treatment for gum disease or felt concerned about the possibility of having it just before the pandemic. If so, please schedule an appointment with the us for a prompt evaluation and discussion of treatment methods.
- Cavities growing larger: The smaller the cavity, the less intense of an intervention you need to treat it. A simple filling will do in most cases. With delayed treatment, however, the decay in your tooth may have grown larger. You and your dentist may need to consider other options such an inlay or onlay, crown, root canal, or an extraction and dental implant. We hope this is not the case, but we encourage you to come in for an evaluation as soon as possible before the cavity grows even larger.
Your Health and Safety is Our Top Priority
From enhanced cleaning and disinfecting standards to the requirement for staff and patients to wear personal protective equipment, you can depend on Southbridge Dentistry to put your safety first. Please contact our office with additional questions about our pandemic response at 303-798-4967 or request an appointment.