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Covid-19: Guidance For Dental Visits During Crisis

If you are experiencing a dental issue, you may have questions about whether or not you should visit your dentist during the Covid-19 pandemic. This post is to help you differentiate whether or not you are experiencing a dental emergency and what you can do at home to ease discomfort.
After reading these guidelines, you may determine that you need to see a dentist. Please Contact Us by e-mail or call 203-239-2356 / 203-239-0678 so that your issue can be resolved as soon as possible.
Dental Emergency Symptoms
  • Uncontrolled bleeding (does not stop after 20 minutes of applied pressure)
  • Facial swelling extending to the eye or neck
  • Toothache that is preventing sleep
  • Severely broken tooth resulting in pain
  • Tooth fallen out with pain
  • Facial injuries resulting in dislocation or discomfort in jaw
  • Pain or severe swelling in gums
  • Denture adjustment for patients receiving cancer treatment
  • Presence of abnormal tissue causing pain and swelling
Dental Visits You Should Reschedule For Later Date 
  • Regular check-ups and cleanings
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose / lost: crowns, bridges, veneers
  • Bleeding gums without pain or swelling 
  • Chipped teeth without pain
  • Cavities that aren't causing pain
  • Loose teeth that aren't painful
At-home Pain Management
Minor oral pain, swelling and discomfort can be controlled by following the at-home protocols: 
  •  Over-the-counter pain killers: ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Take according to instructions on package. Patients with fever-like symptoms or Covid-like symptoms should take acetaminophen in preference to ibuprofen.
  • Soft diet (yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, etc.)
  • Warm salt water rinse
  • 0.2% Chlorhexadine mouth rinse

Tooth Sensitivity

For managing tooth sensitivity at-home the following products can be found online or at your nearest pharmacy:



*Use each product according to instructions on package*


All of us at Gargano Family Dentistry wish you and your family safety & good health throughout these difficult times.
For emergencies, please give us a call at our North Haven office: 203-239-2356 or 203-239-0678. 

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