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FAQ - Miscellaneous - 2014
 FAQ -  Miscellaneous  -  2014



Is there currently guidelines or material pertaining to acceptable dental office procedures on how to properly clean and disinfect dentures before they are given back to a patient. To be more exact, what chemicals are acceptable (or not acceptable), should they be put in a ultrasonic, rinsed, etc.

Ask OSAP was able to identify some resources that you find to be of assistance:

The USAF Dental Evaluation & Consultation Service has some general information about dental laboratory infection control which can be accessed here:


 Dental Laboratory Infection Control   1

Which in part states:

Procedures for Handling Outgoing Items from the Lab

Clean and disinfect before delivery to patient.

After disinfection, rinse and place in plastic bag with diluted mouthwash until insertion.

Do not store in disinfectant before insertion.

Annotate the DD Form 2322 with the disinfection technique used.

For example: “Disinfected with ________ for ____ minutes.”  1



The section pertaining to Microbially Soiled Prostheses and Impressions from Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team. This textbook in part says:

The team members must follow the same procedures when they receive prostheses from the dental laboratory. Prostheses that have been disinfected properly (treated and rinsed) can be returned to the patient in office in a deodorizing solution such as a mouth rinse. Because of the increased risk for adverse tissue response, (to the patient and the office staff), prostheses should never be sent out or returned in disinfectant solutions. 3 


1)     USAF Dental Evaluation & Consultation Service. INFECTION CONTROL SNAPSHOT - Dental Laboratory Infection Control  Accessed on December 29, 2014.

2)     USAF Dental Evaluation & Consultation Service. USAF GUIDELINES FOR INFECTION PREVENTION & CONTROL IN DENTISTRY  Accessed on December 29, 2014.

3)     Miller CH. Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team, 5th edition. Elsevier/Mosby Publishers. Pages 186-187.




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