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Can you get creutzfeldt-jakob disease from a dental instruments?

Can you get creutzfeldt-jakob disease from a dental instruments?

Probably not: Cjd from dental equipment has never been reported. 4 cases linked to neurosurgical equipment and 2 from eeg depth electrodes. No equipment related cases since 1976 when specialized sterilization techniques were introduced. Other sources of transmission (244 cases) have included human growth hormone, and corneal & dura mater grafts. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/cjd/qa_cjd_infection_control.htm. ...Read more

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Can you get creutzfeldt-jakob disease from a dental instruments?

Probably not: Cjd from dental equipment has never been reported. 4 cases linked to neurosurgical equipment and 2 from eeg depth electrodes. No equipment related cases since 1976 when specialized sterilization techniques were introduced. Other sources of transmission (244 cases) have included human growth hormone, and corneal & dura mater grafts. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/cjd/qa_cjd_infection_control.htm. ...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'm a dentist.Can dry blood for 18hours carry HIV virus? I had a cut about 5mm with dental instrument which is probe.It bleeds a little from cut.

I'm a dentist.Can dry blood for 18hours carry HIV virus? I had a cut about 5mm with dental instrument which is probe.It bleeds a little from cut.

HIV: Although the virus makes its home in a number of bodily fluids, such as blood and semen, it is not easily communicated without direct contact between the bodily fluids of two people. The virus can live only a short time outside the human body, making it difficult to contract HIV from dried blood. ...Read more

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What is the name of the instrument used in dentistry for polishing teeth?

What is the name of the instrument used in dentistry for polishing teeth?

Prophy cup: Common practice in a dental office during teeth cleaning is to use a prophy cup—a small motorized rubber cup—along with an abrasive polishing compound. ...Read more

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I have gingivitis. My dentist suggests scaling. Which one is better for me(i'm 21) : manual scaling or scaling with ultrasonic instrument? Thank you.

I have gingivitis. My dentist suggests scaling. Which one is better for me(i'm 21) : manual scaling or scaling with ultrasonic instrument? Thank you.

Ultrasonic vs manual: Either one can be effective or ineffective based more on the skill and diligence of the operator than on anything else. Personally i find some areas easier to scale with an ultrasonic scaler while other areas easier to use hand instruments. My dental hygienist uses both routinely. Scientific studies show no significant effective difference between the two. Some patients prefer hand instruments. ...Read more

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What are dental dams?

What are dental dams?

Clean working field: Dental dams are rubber dams used to isolate the tooth or teeth the dentist the dentist is working on for the purpose of infection control and better visibility ...Read more

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What is dental insurance?

What is dental insurance?

Insurance for teeth: As above - covers most services at dental offices. ...Read more

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