Since Boris Johnson placed the UK on lockdown on Monday, March 23, we have been told not to leave our homes unless absolutely necessary.

Understandably during this unprecedented time, there is already a lot of worry surrounding our health and well-being.

And for those who suffer with dental problems or require dentures, there may be the added concern of how to maintain their health during this time.

Therefore, it is important to know how to get in touch with your dentist, know what services they are continuing to provide and what to do if a dental emergency occurs whilst you're self-isolating.

Here are some frequently asked questions, along with expert advice from the owner of Manchester Dental Lab, Chris Humphreys.

During this unprecedented time, there is a lot of worry surrounding our health and well-being

Are dentists still open and operating?

Since we've been placed on lockdown, there have been many questions surrounding which essential businesses are allowed to remain open.

Following this, the British Dental Association (BDA) has advised that all dentists should close for everything but emergency services.

Aiding the Prime Minister's advice to follow social distancing, many dental practices across Greater Manchester will therefore be closed to the public to prevent the spread of the virus.

Patients are advised to call their individual practice to check whether or not they are still operating, and for what services.

The BDA said: "Given the uncertainty and reflecting the practical consequences of the current official advice, we recommend that practices cease routine dentistry and operate an advice and emergency service only."

Dentists are now closed apart from emergencies

What is considered as an emergency?

All routine, non-urgent dental care including orthodontics are to be stopped and deferred until advised otherwise.

Given the current climate, any patient that is experiencing non-emergency dental problems will be instructed to wait until their practice reopens to visit their dentist.

Treatments such as routine fillings, root canals, scaling and polishing will be completely halted so that the practice can focus on emergency services.

Any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, severe pain, or to save a tooth is considered an emergency. This consideration also applies to severe life-threatening infections.

Dental issues such as tooth sensitivity, erosion or toothache will not be eligible for emergency care.

Manchester Dental Lab is continuing to operate for denture repairs

What should I do if my dentures get lost or damaged?

For those who have dentures and are worried about any issues occurring with them, the Manchester Dental Lab is remaining open for emergency cases concerning dentures.

The lab is a family-run business with a well established, leading dental laboratory, serving both the public and dental professionals locally and nationwide.

The Droylsden-based practice is continuing to operate for denture repairs, replacement dentures and can provide new dentures in emergency cases.

Manchester Dental Lab will keep phone lines open 24/7 for those who need to get in touch with emergency denture needs.

Depending on the situation, patients may be invited to attend the lab as long as they are well and do not have any symptoms.

In this case, only one patient will be allowed in the clinic at once and will be enforced to keep social distancing measures. Strict hygiene rules must also be followed by all patients.

To avoid social contact, you should leave your dentures outside on your doorstep for collection

What if I am self-isolating and have an issue with my dentures?

The Manchester Dental Lab are offering home deliveries for new or replacement dentures, and home collections to repair your existing dentures if you are self-isolating.

To avoid social contact, you should leave your dentures outside on your doorstep for collection or alternatively a relative or friend could drop them off at the clinic for repair.

The lab can supply new dentures within 24 hours in emergency situations.

Chris Humphreys, who has more than 29 years experience as a dental technician, said: "We are open for emergencies only during this time.

"If you lose your dentures or they get damaged, you can phone us any time, day or night.

"We can allow one patient in the clinic regarding you are well, do not have any symptoms and have not been in contact with anyone who has coronavirus.

"All social distancing measures will be in place so that we can help you safely and hygienically during any emergencies."

Get in touch with the Manchester Dental Lab today on 0161 371 9575.

The practice is located on 115 Manchester Road, Droylsden, M43 6EG.

For more information, visit: www.manchesterdentallab.co.uk/