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FAQ - Miscellaneous - 2016
FAQ - Miscellaneous - 2016

 

 

Our Dental Services have a need to disinfect dental prosthodontic materials such as dentures by following the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings 2003 and Recommendations from the Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings 2003). The CDC Guidelines state "Dental prostheses, impressions, orthodontic appliances, and other prosthodontic materials (e.g., occlusal rims, temporary prostheses, bite registrations, or extracted teeth) should be thoroughly cleaned (i.e., blood and bioburden removed), disinfected with an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant with a tuberculocidal claim, and thoroughly rinsed before being handled in the in-office laboratory or sent to an off-site laboratory." The updated recommendations from 2016 state "Before they are handled in the laboratory, clean, disinfect, and rinse all dental prostheses and prosthodontic materials (e.g., impressions, bite registrations, occlusal rims, and extracted teeth) by using an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant having at least an intermediate-level (i.e., tuberculocidal claim) activity." It is standard practice to follow these guidelines and recommendations and to thoroughly rinse any dental prosthetic items before inserting them into the patient's mouth. We are having difficulty identifying any manufacturers that will support the use of their product in this manner to intermediate level disinfectant as recommended by the CDC. Can you suggest any products that might support the use of their product to intermediate level disinfect dentures?

 

As a matter of policy, Ask OSAP does not review, evaluate, certify, recommend or endorse products. It is recommended that you continue your product research by contacting manufacturers, attending dental trade shows and dental conferences. The upcoming 2017 OSAP Dental Infection Control Boot Camp™ will include a vendor section, and the opportunity to ask questions of the product vendors. 

Likewise, Infection Control and Management of Hazardous Materials for the Dental Team states as follows:

One should clean, disinfect, and rinse all dental prostheses and prosthodontic materials (e.g., impressions, bite registrations, and occlusal rims) using an Environmental Protection Agency-registered disinfectant (EPA-registered disinfectant) having at least an intermediate level of activity (tuberculocidal claim) before handing the items in the laboratory. One should consult with the manufacturers regarding the stability of specific materials (e.g., impression materials) relative to disinfection procedures. 1

Resources

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

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