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Dentists Work to Clear Backlog After Months-Long Closures

June 29, 2020
by Darron Kloster, Times Colonist


Dentists are busy catching up on backlogs of patients as pandemic restrictions lift across the region.

Some patients due for general cleanings and checkups might have to wait longer as dentists attend to those in extreme pain or who had partial treatments and temporary work done before COVID-19 closed offices in mid-March.

“After two or three months, a small problem in February is now a greater one — a filling might be a root canal — or temporary crowns that didn’t last,” said Dr. Maico Melo, a dental surgeon who runs practices in Victoria and Duncan. “The huge number of partial treatments creates a real nightmare for patients and dental professionals.”

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