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Infection Control in Dental Clinics: Prosthodontics Perspectives

Bandar MA Al-Makramani

Keywords : Disinfection, Infection control, Prosthodontists, Sterilization

Citation Information : Al-Makramani BM. Infection Control in Dental Clinics: Prosthodontics Perspectives. J Contemp Dent Pract 2022; 23 (9):953-961.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-3305

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 07-02-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Aim: The aim of this article is to discuss the infection control measures with focus on those related to prosthodontic work. Background: The risk of transmission of several infectious microorganisms during dental procedures and the increased awareness and knowledge of infectious diseases have led to an increased attention to the importance of infection control. Prosthodontists and dental personnel are exposed directly or indirectly to a significant risk of acquiring healthcare-associated infections. Review results: High standards of occupational safety and dental infection control must be applied by dental personnel for the safety of patients and dental healthcare workers. All reusable items (critical and semicritical instruments) that come in contact with the patient's saliva, blood, or mucous membranes must be heat-sterilized. Proper disinfectants should be used to disinfect nonsterilizable instruments (e.g., wax knifes, dental shade plastic mixing spatula, guides, fox bite plane, articulators, and facebows). Conclusion: In prosthodontics, items potentially contaminated with patient's blood and saliva are transported between dental clinics and dental laboratories. Such fluids may contain microorganisms with high potential for transmission of several diseases. Therefore, sterilization and disinfection of all items used during prosthodontic work should be part of infection control protocol in dental care setting. Clinical significance: In prosthodontic practice, a strict infection prevention plan should be implemented to minimalize the risk of infectious diseases transmission among prosthodontists, dental office, dental laboratory personnel, and patients.

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