Defining Emergency Care
As experts, our practitioners must use their clinical and professional judgement to determine what constitutes emergency services.
However, the following definition may be useful: a “true emergency situation” includes oral-facial trauma, significant infection, prolonged bleeding or pain which cannot be managed by over-the-counter medications.
Services that are routine or elective are not emergent (i.e. there will be no significant repercussions if the services are delayed a few weeks) could include the services below:
- Routine hygiene
- Cosmetic care
- Routine oral exams
- Tooth sensitivity
- Routine fillings, crowns, bridges and dentures
- Orthodontic case starts
- Regular orthodontic checks and maintenance
This list not exhaustive and is just meant as a guide. Decisions need to be made on a case by case basis.