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Coronavirus : Toothache ? Bad Luck But We Are Working On It ... Honest ! - Carers UK Forum

Coronavirus : Toothache ? Bad Luck But We Are Working On It ... Honest !

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Coronavirus : Are dentists open during the lockdown ?

Thousands of people in England are potentially unable to access urgent dental services in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The British Dental Association (BDA) told the BBC that dentists in England are being bombarded by calls from patients in real pain, but there is often nowhere to send them.

What's the problem in England ?

At the moment, all routine dental care has stopped. On 20 March, a letter was sent by England's chief dental officer asking practices to "radically reduce the number of routine check-ups".

Five days later, practices were told to stop all routine treatment "until otherwise advised". The decision was made in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

For patients with emergency dental problems, NHS England is in the process of creating local Urgent Dental Care hubs (UDCs) across the country.

However, the BDA says only a tiny number of these sites have been set up so far.

UDCs are designed to provide care for people with urgent and emergency dental problems, after a referral from their local practice. They are meant to offer treatment to patients with symptoms that include:

Fractured teeth
Post-extraction bleeding
Facial swelling
Gum and other soft tissue infections

UDCs are also meant to accommodate patients both with and without Covid-19 symptoms.

Some hospitals are offering emergency walks-ins for dental patients, which means some treatment is still available. The NHS also says that some surgeries will offer appointments at short notice.

However, a number of patients have told the BBC they were struggling to access any local service, despite being in constant pain.


NHS England has been repeatedly approached for a response, but it has been unable to provide comment.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52197788
My appointment on 24/3/20 for an extraction was cancelled. Last week on Friday, I started getting a tooth abscess and only by luck the dentist was open Monday. However, all I could get was a prescription for antibiotics passed at the door, by the receptionist. I'm 1 day off finishing them and can feel it's not fully gone. Luckily, I have some spare antibiotics to take another course. For people who care for someone, it's not easy to travel far for dental treatment. They haven't got the time...in my case, I can't leave my son on his own either.
https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questi ... -of-hours/

From above web site

When to go to hospital
Only go to A&E in serious circumstances, such as:

severe pain
heavy bleeding
injuries to the face, mouth, or teeth

If you're not sure whether you should go to A&E, contact NHS 111, who will be able to advise you. Find out when to dial 999.
I am only eating softish food so not to risk cracking or chipping a tooth now.
Also being more careful not to fall/cut myself in any way in order to keep
away from surgeries and hospitals.