Do All Puskesamas In Jakarta Not Receive Dental Fillings During Covid Conditions Like This?

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Doc I want to ask, my third molars are perforated and when I want to patch my teeth at the Palmerah Community Health Center (already in the dental clinic) said the doctor must not hold a drill during covid conditions in Jakarta and I was only given mefenamic acid. Are the procedures in all puskesmas the same that you cannot hold a drill?

1 Answer:

Hello Aswin,

Thank you for the question.

Cavities are a problem that often arises in teeth and this is usually caused by the frequent consumption of sweet foods, buildup of bacteria, and poor oral hygiene so that plaque that accumulates will be converted by bacteria into acids that can erode teeth and affect the surrounding structure. Usually cavities will cause symptoms such as pain, and if left alone will cause complications such as infection.

Usually the dentist will handle cavities depending on the conditions, such as with dental fillings, dental brackets, dental root canal treatment, or tooth extraction, including using tools such as dental drills. In the current outbreak of covid-19, visits to puskesmas and hospitals except in emergency conditions are not recommended. Especially with the use of medical devices that involve the mouth, because covid-19 infection is transmitted through droplets or splashes coming out of the airways, such as saliva, coughing, and sneezing, where the use of dental equipment such as a drill can facilitate transmission.

Therefore, it is very likely that all dentist practices do not use dentistry tools such as drills for a while, but it never hurts for you to make sure by contacting the dentist practice that you will visit. But for the time being, administration of mefenamic acid can reduce inflammation in cavities including pain.

Hopefully this information can help.

Regards.

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