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Elective medical procedures resume in Tennessee on Friday, but dentists aren't on the approved list

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Gov. Bill Lee is allowing elective medical procedures to resume in Tennessee on Friday, but your dental hygienist isn’t on the approved list.

 

The governor on Wednesday issued a new Executive Order extending the ban on certain dental procedures for another week. Hygiene visits and cosmetic procedures are among the forbidden services.

 

Lee says in his order that Tennessee’s Dental Association is “still working to develop appropriate guidelines to resume non-emergency dental practices safely.”

 

Dentists are permitted to perform emergency procedures when patients are experiencing pain, swelling, trauma or an abscess.

 

The order will expire May 6. You can read the full text of Executive Order 31 here.

 

 

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