Since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in March 2020, it has caused unprecedented disruption to our everyday lives, not least to our health services. While hospitals braced themselves for an influx of COVID-19 patients, other areas of healthcare were severely affected. Suddenly, for example, going to the dentist was no longer an option.
Dental practices in the UK and across the world were forced to stop all non-emergency face-to-face dentistry to reduce the potential risk of virus transmission. Now, as governments worldwide begin to ease restrictions, the dental profession is planning a safe return for the delivery of care. But the care you receive and the dental practice you visit is likely to be different to what you were used to before COVID-19.
To explore the changes implemented in dental practices internationally, a group of researchers and clinicians from a range of UK institutions, led by Craig