Cosmetic Dentistry and COVID-19: What You Should Know

The coronavirus pandemic has given rise to a complicated new reality — one that’s defined by how to best mitigate the spread of COVID-19 until an effective vaccine is widely available.

At the start of the pandemic, people sheltered in place, practiced social distancing, and wore face masks in public. Many people worked from home, schools went online, day cares closed, and doctors and dentists alike limited their services to patients who needed urgent care. 

Now that most of the country, including Virginia, is largely reopened for business, health care professionals have begun resuming routine appointments as well as elective procedures. 

Here at Smiles in Springfield, we’ve taken every precaution to ensure we can offer preventive exams, dental restorations, and a limited number of cosmetic dentistry procedures with minimal risk to you and our team as the pandemic continues. 

If you’ve got cosmetic dental work that you don’t want to put off any longer, here’s what you should know before you make your appointment.  

Key precautions and safety measures

As an oral health specialist, Quang Tran, DDS, is accustomed to minimizing infectious-disease risk. But even with effective measures firmly in place, Dr. Tran and dentists across the nation have had to heighten standard infection-control protocols to guard against this new and highly contagious disease, which primarily spreads through infected respiratory droplets.

To adapt to this complicated new reality, Smiles in Springfield has implemented key precautions and safety measures that fall in line with the current interim guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). 

Current mitigation strategies include:

Setting staggered appointment times ensures that you aren’t entering our office as another patient is exiting; it also gives our team enough time to thoroughly disinfect treatment rooms, equipment, and high-touch surfaces in the waiting room. 

Priority dental visits during coronavirus

Like other dental practices across the country, Smiles in Springfield offered only emergency dental care during the lockdown phase of the pandemic. 

Now that the lockdown is lifted and COVID-19 risk mitigation strategies are established, we’re able to resume routine dental exams and X-rays as well as restorative treatments like fillings; we’re also able to offer a limited number of cosmetic dentistry services, as scheduling permits. 

Because we’re seeing fewer patients in a day, we prioritize those with urgent dental needs and preventive care needs over patients who’d like to come in for an elective cosmetic procedure.  

This simply means that there are fewer appointment slots available for cosmetic dental services each week. As such, cosmetic procedures may be scheduled further out as those slots begin to book up. 

Your personal health considerations

In an effort to protect you, our team, and the wider community, Smiles in Springfield takes every precaution to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission in our office. 

Our mitigation strategies meet or exceed federal and state guidelines, and those guidelines have helped ensure that, to date, there have been no reports of COVID-19 cases clustered in a dental office.   

But while preventive dental checkups and emergency dental care are important to your health, cosmetic dental procedures are elective — meaning they can be put off without impacting your oral health or your overall health.     

This is an extremely important consideration for all cosmetic dental patients, especially older adults and people who have underlying medical conditions that put them at a greater risk of severe illness if they were to contract coronavirus.  

To learn more about the coronavirus risk mitigation strategies at Smiles in Springfield or to schedule a visit with Dr. Tran, call 703-634-4239 to reach our Springfield, Virginia, office today. You can also send a message to Dr. Tran and the team here on our website.

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