Endodontic management during COVID- 19 pandemic: A literature review and clinical recommendations


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Author Details : Vikas Jeph, Deepakkumar Sharma, Karamdeep Ahluwalia, Abhishek Patel, Sidhartha Shakti Prasad Behera*

Volume : 6, Issue : 4, Year : 2020

Article Page : 257-261

https://doi.org/10.18231/j.ijohd.2020.053



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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned to be a huge international challenge. Being the part of dental care, we hold responsibilities both to the dental staff and our patients so that the cross infection of virus can be avoided. Since dentists mainly have to work inside the oral cavity, the whole dental team, staff and the technician are at the highest risk of getting affected by the virus. Not only they are at risk of getting infected but at the same time they can potentially transmit the virus. According to latest studies, the presence of virus in salivary secretion of many symptomatic as well as asymptomatic patients, the dental professionals especially Endodontist are at the greatest life threatening situation if they do not follow proper guidelines such as sterilization at their workplace. Till today no medicine manufacturing companies have come up with the proper treatment or vaccines which can protect dentist from contracting with the virus. In this pandemic situation, the general practicing dentist and the Endodontist must provide only emergency treatments so as to relieve pressure and pain. As this COVID continues, it is the responsibility of health care workers to come up with more definitive treatment plans that to stick on to just palliative care. This article aims to bring latest updates on treatment considerations in clinical practice in general. However, the article also includes the guidelines to be followed by the endodontist so as to limit the cross infection but at the same time relieve patient from dental pain or any dental disease.

Keywords: Pandemic, Global emergency, COVID- 19, Sterilization, Endodontist, Infection control, Patient management.


How to cite : Jeph V , Sharma D , Ahluwalia K , Patel A , Behera S S P , Endodontic management during COVID- 19 pandemic: A literature review and clinical recommendations. Int J Oral Health Dent 2020;6(4):257-261


Copyright © 2020 by author(s) and Int J Oral Health Dent. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (creativecommons.org)



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