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Is there any evidence that HCV has been spread during medical or dental procedures?

Is there any evidence that HCV has been spread during medical or dental procedures?

Hep C transmission: There have been several well-known instances of this occurring. Investigation always reveals a failure to follow standard precauations. Hep c outbreak in las vegas was due to crna re-using syringes. Elsewhere failure to clean scopes properly has led to issues. ...Read more

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Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more


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If dental assistant puts hands on her chair with each patient, can HCV be spread(she handles all utensils)?Is her chair usually cleaned between pt's?

If dental assistant puts hands on her chair with each patient, can HCV be spread(she handles all utensils)?Is her chair usually cleaned between pt's?

Highly doubtful: Everything in the room that was used is sterilized or replaced. It would be highly unlikely for an infection to spread between patients. ...Read more

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If ass. Rests gloved hands on back ofchair, then handles dental instruments, can I get hcv, assuming chair isn't cleaned and she does it w/eachpatient?

If ass. Rests gloved hands on back ofchair, then handles dental instruments, can I get hcv, assuming chair isn't cleaned and she does it w/eachpatient?

Very Doubtful: Dental offices/gloves are not sterile, they are clean...There's a difference. The instruments are sterilized b/t each patient's use, and disposable supplies are used wherever possible to the reduce any possibility of cross-contamination. All chairs, trays, counter-tops, drawer handles, etc are disinfected and/or barrier wrapped b/t each patient. That is osha and infection control protocol. ...Read more

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I used a metal teeth cleaner and i got scratched , someone else used it but have hcv. What is the chance of me getting it?

I used a metal teeth cleaner and i got scratched , someone else used it but have hcv. What is the chance of me getting it?

Close to 1-2 percent: You should check yourself for hep c seroconversion at 3-6 weeks , 3 months and 6 months. Hopefully you do not get it. ...Read more

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Is having oral piercings getting in the way of dental procedures?

Is having oral piercings getting in the way of dental procedures?

Yes and more: Although it depends upon the size, location, design and materials used, there is always a greater risk of infection, accidental laceration, and breaking or chipping teeth. Is the risk worth it? Healthy natural teeth are the thing of beauty and once damaged can never ever be restored to their original state. Think about it. ...Read more

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Can poor dental care lead to other medical conditions?

Can poor dental care lead to other medical conditions?

Poor dental care: Poor dental care can lead to chronic periodontal disease (gum disease). There is mounting evidence that inflammation caused by chronic periodontal disease is associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and alzheimers disease. In addition, poor dental care can lead to pain and loss of teeth, which in turn can create difficulty in eating properly. ...Read more

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What dental procedures are okay to have when I am pregnant?

What dental procedures are okay to have when I am pregnant?

Pregnancy Dental Work..: Pregnancy dental work.. Dental work such as cavity fillings and crowns should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. If dental work is done during pregnancy, the second trimester is ideal. Once you reach the third trimester, it may be very difficult to lie on your back for an extended period of time. The safest course of action is to postpone all unnecessary dental work until after the birth. However, sometimes emergency dental work such as a root canal or tooth extraction is necessary. Elective treatments, such as teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures, should be postponed until after the birth. It is best to avoid exposing the developing baby to any risks, even if they are minimal. ...Read more

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What kinds of pain killers are used during dental procedures?

What kinds of pain killers are used during dental procedures?

Pan Killers: Most people wonder about Novacaine however this name covers many drugs(mepivacaine,marcaine....) the 'caines'. They all do the same thing...block pain to the tooth in question for 1.5 to 3.0 hours generally. They are all generally safe so do not worry and consult your dentist for any other questions you may have. ...Read more

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How effective are the sedatives used during dental procedures?

How effective are the sedatives used during dental procedures?

Depends: Effectiveness depends on the level of patient anxiety, the drug or drug combination used, the dosage, the length of the procedure and the stimulation caused by the procedure. All of these must be factored in when selecting an appropriate sedation. Consult with your dentist, physician or anesthesiologist for recommendations. Never self medicate. ...Read more

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Dr. Kyle Shank
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Dental Procedures (Definition)

Dental procedures describe a broad category of interventions performed by dentists, oral surgeons, and other dental specialties. The most commonly performed dental procedures are teeth cleaning, tooth polishing, tooth removal and root canal but can also include oral and facial surgery as well as placement ...Read more


Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dental Care (Definition)

Dental care is taking proper care of your teeth and gums, which includes brushing, flossing, regular dental exams, and any necessary treatments such as fillings, ...Read more