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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 69-75

Managing prosthodontic (geriatric) patients during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

1 Department of Prosthetic Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dental Sciences, Sharda University, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Khurshid A Mattoo
College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan 45142.
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jioh.jioh_233_20

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Since the beginning of this millennium, we are witnessing a surge in outbreaks across the globe. COVID-19 has been termed as the disease responsible for the current pandemic. The disease is caused by a beta coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 (2019)) and within a span of 6 months has affected more than 200 countries. The death toll of more than half a million people has particularly been severe on the geriatric population (65 years and older), especially those whose systemic status is compromised (existing comorbidities). Presently, only predictions are being made regarding the duration of this pandemic. Most gerodontic treatments are performed by prosthodontists. This review besides presenting an overview of the COVID-19 is also aimed to guide clinicians to develop a robust long-term approach to this crisis by overcoming the anxiety associated with COVID-19, identifying general and COVID-19-related limitations of gerodontic care, reorganizing clinical and academic practices with a new approach (important and urgent), and minimizing aerosol production during prosthodontic procedures. Novel psychosocial and ethical issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have also been addressed in brief. Academic and private clinical geriatric practice commencement has been discussed based on scientific facts. Limitations of this study being the highest level of unpredictability about the pandemic, which could end abruptly or may be a vaccine will be produced in which case everything may become null and void.

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