The Chief Dental Officer announced on 18 June that NHS dentists can carry out procedures to relieve pain and prevent infection as part of Scotland’s move into phase two of its route-map out of lockdown.
Routine care such as check-ups, hand scaling and denture work will not yet be available, however.
In a message to dental patients in Moray a spokesperson for NHS Grampian said: “As a result of the First Minister’s announcement that Scotland has moved to Phase 2 of lockdown, NHS dental service remobilisation can commence from Monday (22nd June). This will be a partial resumption of dental services and not a return to the service that you were used to pre-COVID-19.
“The phasing will begin with dental practices opening to face-to-face consultation for NHS patients in need of urgent oral health care on a limited and appointment only basis, following telephone triage.
“It may be that not all dental practices will be ready to move forward on this date, however we are working with all practices to ensure readiness at the earliest appropriate opportunity. Those practices that are not opening for face-to-face consultation will still be providing telephone triage, advice and referral to Urgent Dental Care Centres as appropriate.
“We thank you for your patience and cooperation with the measures that have had to be put in place during this COVID-19 pandemic.”
Procedures using dental equipment that generate an aerosol such as fillings, crown preparation and surgical or complex extractions will still not be possible in dental practices at this time.
These continue to be provided on an emergency basis only in designated settings.