Amid the state of emergency due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, restrictions have been placed on dental practices nationwide. The American Dental Association (ADA) has recommended postponing any elective dental procedures. With that being said, emergency dental procedures are still a high priority at our Tri City Dental Care office located in Kennewick, WA. As health care professionals, it is our job to make well-informed decisions based on the current state of the public. Moving forward for the foreseeable future, we are currently only offering emergency dental appointments to those who are experiencing pain or discomfort.
At Tri City Dental Care, we know that dental accidents can happen at any time and at any place. When these accidents do happen, they are followed with pain and discomfort. These accidents often happen after hours. Any dental emergency requires immediate action to help you ease your pain and get you back to feeling normal.
As the dentist for the Tri City Americans, Dr. Antonio Lopez-Ibarra has seen and treated countless tooth and gum injuries. Even the small task of eating can cause a dental emergency. Biting into a hard food can cause some damage to your teeth, in a situation like this you would need to be seen for an emergency appointment.
Even so, sometimes an accident isn’t the cause of an emergency. An abcess can happen over time, with the infection starting days or weeks before the tooth becomes abscessed. Since teeth are connected to the heart, these infections can become life threatening. Seeing a dentist because of an emergency could literally save your life.
Tri-City Dental Care is able to schedule emergency dental appointments at very short notice. We do everything we can to make sure you get taken care of as quickly as possible. If you are suffering from tooth pain, have chipped or broken teeth or need to have dislodged teeth looked at urgently give us a call at 509.204.7516.
A recent statement released by the ADA states “The ADA is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of the public and dental teams. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments”
At Tri City Dental Care, we don’t just respect this statement, we want to do everything in our power to honor it. The health and safety of our patients, staff and all of their family and friends is more than important to us. We strongly encourage you to do everything in your power to help prevent the spread of the disease during this outbreak. This is why we ask that you only request an appointment if you are experiencing a dental emergency.