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Dental services (COVID-19)

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Dental Services

A time-table for the planned return of routine dental care was made public on June 18.

Since June 8th, all practices have been offering face-to-face urgent dental care.
Practices have been seeing around 2,200 patients per week with around 250 patients per week being seen in NI’s Urgent Dental Care centres.

Patients requiring more complex care will continue to be referred by their dentist to one of NI’s five urgent dental care centres.

These centres will continue to carry out limited Aerosol-generating procedures as appropriate. The urgent dental care centres were established at an early stage of the Covid-19 pandemic to provide some continuity of service to the public.

Those practices able to demonstrate compliance with key conditions around infection and prevention control will be able to offer the full range of dental care from 1 July.

Urgent Dental Centres will continue to provide support and operate in a reduced capacity as phase 3 is rolled out.

The planned return to routine service is consistent with the five guiding principles set out in the Northern Ireland Executive document Coronavirus: Executive Approach to Decision-Making.

It may be necessary in the future to tighten restrictions if that is deemed to be in the best interests of the population.

The public should continue to contact their local dentist if they are in pain. The implementation of significant cleaning and disinfection protocols will affect waiting times and access to dentist surgeries.