When you contact your dental practice or Health Board for a dental appointment, you MUST tell them if you have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID19) OR you are currently self-isolating OR you have possible symptoms.

Dental practices have to comply with social distancing measures so please do not attend without having made an appointment first.

Losing a filling or a crown (also called a ‘cap’) usually isn’t serious and can often be treated by your dentist.

Are dental practices open if you need advice or treatment?

Yes, dental practices are open during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

If you have lost or damaged a filling or crown, call your dental practice for advice. They will carry out remote consultation over the phone/video before seeing you in person at the practice if treatment is required.

If you do not have a regular dentist you need to call the appropriate dental helpline number for your Local Health Board area.

In the meantime, try the following to keep your mouth healthy and stop problems getting worse:

  • Keep your teeth as clean as you can by brushing well for 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Cut down on sugary foods and drinks and try to keep these to meal times only
  • Try to avoid biting hard foods with a tooth that has broken or lost a filling/crown as it may have been weakened
  • Avoid food or drink that causes the tooth to become sensitive
  • For sensitive teeth, try using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. This can be most effective when smeared and left on the tooth that is sensitive

What treatments are available?

At first, a temporary filling or repair may be needed if you have lost a filling or crown. Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, some urgent dental treatments for some patients may need to carried out in designated Urgent Dental Treatment Centres or selected dental practices. Your practice will know how to refer, if required.

In the long-term you may need a new filling or crown. Where the damage is more severe, the tooth may need root canal treatment or to be extracted.

Dentists are not able to operate at full capacity currently and they have to prioritise patients according to need. As a result you may need to wait longer than usual for some routine dental treatments such as fillings, crowns and root canal treatment

The information on this page has been adapted by NHS Wales from original content supplied by NHS UK NHS website nhs.uk
Last Updated: 08/07/2021 14:33:44