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Examination, Fillings, Extractions, Cleanings & More Dental Services Open

SA Dental Service will return to Level 2 service restrictions in response to National advice easing restrictions for dentistry.

SA Dental Service will return to Level 2 service restrictions in response to National advice easing restrictions for dentistry.

Acting Executive Director, Anne Pak-Poy, said the move back to Level 2 will be done in a staged approach.

“Level 3 service restrictions have been in place since March 30, limiting services to only emergency dental care for children and adults,” Ms Pak-Poy said.

“We will slowly introduce a limited number of general procedures which align with Level 2 service restrictions including examination, simple fillings and extractions, and tooth cleaning with hand instruments.

“Clients will continue to be screened for risk, triaged according to their dental needs, and appointments with be scheduled to ensure they are safe for staff and patients.

“We will be contacting clients who had their treatment deferred due to the COVID-19 measures and are assessed as fitting Level 2 service criteria to reschedule appointments, including people with urgent treatment needs.

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“We will be opening clinics in phases and ensuring we can maintain appropriate measures to protect our clients and staff.

“There are still a number of limitations on dental services under Level 2 restrictions and it is important that our clients understand that we aren’t yet returning to business as usual. We would like to thank our clients for their continued patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

“It is important at this time to maintain good oral health habits. We need to brush our teeth and gums morning and night with fluoride toothpaste, spit out toothpaste, rather than rinsing, and reduce sugary foods. Plain tap water is the best drink for our teeth.”

SA Dental Service announced the temporary closure of about 20 smaller dental clinics on 9 April, consistent with the National and private dental sector approach.

Emergency dental care remained available at larger community clinics including the Adelaide Dental Hospital, Marion GP Plus, Elizabeth GP Plus, Marleston, Mount Gambier, Riverland and Whyalla.

For more information, go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/sadental.

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