16 September 2020

Dental restrictions to ease from 28 September

The Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) welcomes the announcement today to lift the restriction to provide only urgent dental care when Melbourne moves to the Second Step on the road map on 28 September 2020.

When Stage 4 restrictions were introduced, one of the requirements was that only urgent dental treatment could be performed. Whilst this was seen as a necessary step to restrict the movement of people at the peak of the pandemic in Victoria, the continuation of restrictions had the potential to impact on dental health.

“We have been providing feedback to the Victorian government over a number of weeks on the impacts that these restrictions have been having on patients, who have had to defer necessary dental treatment throughout the pandemic,” said ADAVB President Dr Angelo Pacella. “Although we would have preferred these restrictions to be lifted earlier, we are pleased that our patients now have some certainty about when they can return to the dentist.”

The easing of restrictions from 28 September means that patients will now be able to attend for non-urgent procedures such as routine examinations, preventive and restorative treatment, dentures and orthodontic care. There will still be some limitations on non-urgent treatment that generates aerosols. The ADAVB has been proactive throughout the pandemic in developing guidelines and providing advice to assist dental professional to provide dental care in a safe manner.

“We want to assure our patients that it remains safe to visit the dentist, and people should not put off attending if they have a problem,” said Dr Pacella. “We want to thank our patients for their understanding during this difficult time and look forward to seeing them soon."

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