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Debates and questions

S5W-30163: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 22 June 2020

To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers root canal procedures to be classed as urgent dental care.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 7 July 2020

Root canal procedures, including the opening of the root canal, removal of pulp, and the application of an appropriate temporary filling, can currently be carried out within an Urgent Dental Care Centre (UDCC).

Root canal treatments rely on the use of dental equipment that produces an aerosol which could increase the risk of transmission of coronavirus from asymptomatic patients. Due to this, these procedures should not be carried out in general practice at present to ensure the safety of patients and staff, and prevent community transmission of coronavirus. Patients requiring urgent root canal procedures should be referred to an UDCC.