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Clinical endodontic management during the COVID-19 Pandemic: a literature review and clinical recommendations

Azim, A. A., Shabbir, J., Khurshid, Z., Zafar, M. S., Ghabbani, H. M. and Dummer, P. M. H. 2020. Clinical endodontic management during the COVID-19 Pandemic: a literature review and clinical recommendations. International Endodontic Journal 53 (11) , pp. 1461-1471. 10.1111/iej.13406

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The spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‐CoV‐2) has resulted in millions of confirmed cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths. Despite all efforts to contain the spread of the disease, the number of infections and deaths continue to rise, particularly in some regions. Given its presence in the salivary secretions of affected patients, and the presence of many reported asymptomatic cases that have tested positive for COVID‐19, dental professionals, including Endodontists, are at high risk of becoming infected if they do not take appropriate precautions. As of today, there are no predictable treatments or approved vaccines that can protect the public and healthcare professionals from the virus; however, there is speculation that a vaccine might be available sometime in 2021. Until then, general dentists and Endodontist will need to be able to treat emergency patients in order to relieve pressure on emergency clinics in hospitals or local community hubs. In addition, as the pandemic continues, strategies to manage patients will need to evolve from a palliative to a more permanent/definitive treatment approach. In this article, an update on the treatment considerations for dental care in general is provided, as well as a discussion on the available endodontic guidelines reported in the literature. Recommendations on clinical management of endodontic emergencies are proposed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0143-2885
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 December 2020
Date of Acceptance: 2 September 2020
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 09:28

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