Public Lecture - How safe is a visit to the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic?
As we entered national lock down in March 2020, most dental services had to close leaving some patients in pain and unable to find care. Uncertainty over potential COVID-19 transmission in airborne droplets (aerosols) produced by dental instruments shook the very foundation of dental practice. The race was on to find alternative ways of working to provide urgent and emergency treatment to patients, and to understand how dental services could be reopened—we needed to understand just how safe it was to visit the dentist.
You will hear from the team who set up an Urgent Dental Care centre in Newcastle Dental Hospital to deliver emergency dental treatment to patients, while minimising the risk of COVID transmission as well as two Newcastle University researchers about their discoveries in dental aerosols, and the measures which allowed dental practices across the country to reopen.
The event will take place on Monday 10th May, 17:30-19:00 on Zoom. Joining details will be sent to everyone who has registered.
James is a Clinical Fellow in Oral Surgery at the School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University. His research during the COVID-19 pandemic focused on the risks surrounding bioaerosols in dentistry.
Richard is a NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at Newcastle University. His research interests are around translational research (research spanning laboratory and clinical settings) and during the pandemic have focused on understanding dental bioaerosols.
Abisola is a Speciality Registrar in Restorative Dentistry at the Dental Hospital. She is involved in treating patients needing complex ‘Oral Rehabilitation’ involving the oral cavity, the teeth and supporting structures.
Emily is a Specialist Oral Surgeon who leads the Dental Emergency Clinic within the Dental Hospital. She is involved in teaching undergraduates, postgraduate training and treating patients with complex Oral Surgery needs.
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