Effective March 22nd, NY Governor Cuomo has mandated all dental offices close and treat only true dental emergencies.
Governor Cuomo’s most recent executive order changes the recommendation that dental offices only respond to emergency services to a New York State mandate.
As of Sunday, March 22, dentists will be in violation if they treat anything other than emergencies and can be subject to fines.
This manated closure has been extended through April 19, 2020.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
Dental care that you should have taken care of by a dentist at this time:
- Bleeding that doesn’t stop
- Painful swelling in or around your mouth
- Pain in a tooth, teeth or jaw bone
- Gum infection with pain or swelling
- After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal)
- Broken or knocked out tooth
- Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer
- Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your check or gums
- Biopsy of abnormal tissue
Dental care you should reschedule for another time:
- Regular visits for exams, cleanings, and x-rays
- Regular visits for braces
- Removal of teeth that aren’t painful
- Treatment of cavities that aren’t painful
- Tooth whitening
Download the PDF “What is a Dental Emergency?” published by the American Dental Association.