The essential nature of dental care was evident when many dental clinics across the United States closed in Spring 2020 due to the pandemic. Patients with dental emergencies (commonly tooth infections with painful orofacial abscesses) were triaged via telemedicine or given temporary solutions, such as antibiotics and analgesics, until dental offices could be reopened and provide more permanent solutions (i.e., root canal treatment or extraction).
To address the global health crisis of COVID-19 and its effects on the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS), Penn Dental Medicine held a virtual OMS COVID-19 Response Conference on April 9, 2020. The event, organized by Drs. Anh Le and Neeraj Panchal of Penn OMS, featured leading oral and maxillofacial surgeons and administrators from multiple institutions discussing how COVID-19 has transformed the specialty.