Reopen dental surgeries

I am concerned that practices will close and the backlog will be unmanageable. We are told the NHS is open but why not dentistry? Modern practices are well equipped to deal with the aerosol problem with correct ppe. And if we need treatment and have to travel - in our case it would be 45 mins to Glasgow - that would incur more risks

Why the contribution is important

As above - people are suffering and dentistry can deal with it

by susancampbell on May 06, 2020 at 11:48AM

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  • Posted by Outragedoldbag May 06, 2020 at 20:48

    Dentists are the only people qualified to decide this.
  • Posted by ElaineColley May 06, 2020 at 21:00

    Perhaps surgeries could open for emergencies only.
  • Posted by louisajllewellyn May 06, 2020 at 21:36

    Dentists should be able to cope with very high standards of hygiene protection to ensure safety for staff and patients. They should be allowed to re open subject to usual monitoring. They presumably would be able to administer testing too if that is a requirement. They Send out tests in advance to patients and both get results back before treatment. Not 100% guaranteed but a good probability of being sufficiently precautionary.
  • Posted by AlexMD May 06, 2020 at 21:49

  • Posted by Gcairns May 06, 2020 at 21:51

    Agree it was hard enough to get an appointment before this, the back log will be terrible. The dentist started a root canal treatment on one of my teeth before this, the tooth has a temporary filling and I have to be careful not to break it. He wanted me back the next day to finish but his next appointment was almost a month later, that was cancelled a few days before due to lockdown. This isn't an emergency yet but risks this daily and I know I'm not the only one, so although not an emergency its an urgent treatment. Opening dental practices with precautions in place would allow treatment to be triaged and continue to avoid back log In addition delay (2months) in getting to the dentist meant this went from a £90 filling to £330 root canal treatment. Given the length of this lockdown other will see unnecessarily high dental costs as a result also.
  • Posted by GillHain May 06, 2020 at 22:55

    Dentists need to come to an effective way of moving on with this problem - it is currently risking problems, pain and dental emergencies because of care is not being provided. DIY dentistry should not be needed - this is a first world country.
  • Posted by Ranmor May 07, 2020 at 18:45

    Totally agree Urgent action should be taken to resume Dental practices asap to deal with Pain and potential pain
  • Posted by lizflett May 08, 2020 at 18:00

    Could we not test people requiring dental treatment beforte they go so that dentista do not come in contact with positve patients?
  • Posted by petesal May 09, 2020 at 09:11

    We need to be able to help our patients. We have PPE and the training to be open.
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