COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) has had a profound impact on dentistry, with all elective treatment grinding to a halt initially and a slow phased return to normal services. The guidance available regarding treating dental emergencies is currently advice, analgesia and anti-microbials, where indicated in the first instance. Some patients cannot be managed successfully with this approach and require face-to-face consultation. Unless dental practices have the appropriate PPE and follow strict infection prevention and control guidance, face-to-face consultation may not be possible. If treatment is required, this is based on minimum intervention and avoidance of aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) on patients who are free of COVID-19. COVID-19-positive or suspected patients still require treatment at designated Urgent Dental Care centres. The aim of this article is to provide an insight into the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on current emergency dental care. Commonly presenting dental conditions which require endodontic management will be discussed. Finally, an endodontic management protocol is suggested. The intention of the protocol is to describe practical techniques to minimise potential viral load and reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission when AGPs are instigated.
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