Dentists and dental care professionals are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 due to their occupation. In response to this risk, on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Yukon government limited Yukon dental care to emergency dental procedures only.
On July 1, the Minister of Community Services ordered that dentists and dental care professionals be allowed to undertake emergency, urgent and non-emergent dental care. These steps will allow the following professionals to restart regular services:
- denturists; and
- dental hygienists.
While the risk to dental professionals in Yukon is low, they're still required to follow the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Recommended Practices and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Dentists and Dental Clinics.
For people who have the presence of risk factors for COVID-19 or are COVID-19 positive, it's recommended to delay non-emergency and non-urgent treatment until the patient no longer exhibits risk factors or is no longer infectious. See below for a list of emergency and urgent procedure.
Emergency dental procedures:
Emergency dental treatment includes treatment of oral-facial trauma, significant infection, prolonged bleeding, pain which cannot be managed by over the counter medications, or management of known/high-risk malignancy.
Urgent dental procedures:
Urgent dental care focuses on the management of conditions that require immediate attention to relieve pain and if left untreated may significantly compromise patient dental health, such as:
- severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation;
- pericoronitis or 3rd-molar pain;
- surgical post-operative osteitis, dry-socket dressing changes;
- abscess, or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling;
- tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma;
- dental trauma with avulsion or luxation;
- dental treatment required prior to critical medical procedures; or
- final crown or bridge cementation
Other urgent dental care:
- active sleep apnea management;
- extensive dental caries or defective restorations causing pain or that can lead to pain
- suture removal;
- denture adjustment on radiation or oncology patients;
- denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded;
- replacing temporary filling on endo access openings in patients experiencing pain or an endodontically treated tooth with a high fracture potential;
- pre-surgical clearance for medical procedures; or
- managing active orthodontic cases.
Non-emergency dental procedures:
Below are examples of non-emergency dental procedures to guide your professional judgment. This list includes, but is not limited to the following:
- initial or periodic oral examinations and recall visits, including routine radiographs;
- routine dental cleaning and preventive therapies;
- extraction of asymptomatic teeth;
- restorative dentistry including treatment of asymptomatic carious lesions;
- aesthetic dental procedures;
- non-painful chronic periapical lesions; orr
- dental implants.