Reopening of Dental Clinics during SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic: An Evidence Based Protocol before Starting Clinical Interventions

Document Type: Narrative Review

Authors

1 Periodontist, Private Practice, Kerman, Iran.

2 Delegate researcher in CMFRC, National Advance center for craniomaxillofacial reconstruction, Tehran, Iran, and Craniomaxillofacial Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

3 Dental Research Center, Research Institute of Dental Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

4 Periodontist, Private practice, El Paso, Texas, USA

5 Periodontist, private practice Austin, Texas, USA.

6 Periodontist, Assistant Prof. Department of Periodontology, Tehran, Iran.

7 Faculty of Dentistry, Boroujerd Islamic Azad University

8 Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran

9 School of Dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran ,Iran

10 Trauma Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Craniofacial Trauma Research Center, Islamic Azad University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

COVID-19 is a viral disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 that quickly became a global pandemic during 2020. Considering the recent outbreak, the lack of adequate data regarding SARS-CoV-2, and consequently the risk of dental practice and potential cross-infection, this article attempted to address the information collected so far in accordance with the internationally valid guidelines and to suggest a relatively safe protocol for the management of o patients. In other words, this study describes the essentials that need to be considered for the dental office reopening.

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