Methods of aerosol extraction in the dental clinic: a comparison

How to control infective aerosols created during examination and treatment processes is a challenge dental staff have always faced. Dental personnel and patients are exposed to tens of thousands of aerosols containing bacteria and viruses per cubic metre, and the potential to breathe contaminated air is high[1]. COVID-19 has heightened the concern about aerosols in the dental office.

While it is common practice for staff to wear PPE, this only mitigates some of the risk of transition and it is known that this does not provide total protection to its wearer. More can be done to stop aerosols reaching surfaces, equipment and the breathing zone of the dental staff and it is recommended that the risk could be further reduced by diverting, capturing and containing it within a suitable extraction and filtration device where it can become no longer viable and then disposed of in a safe manner.

Good extraction can have a very definite positive impact on the spread of infection, reducing the amount of aerosol transmitted during dental procedures. The marketplace is full of systems that state they offer adequate protection and claims of effectiveness can be grossly misleading. Knowing what to purchase for a proper infection control regime can be confusing, and costly if the right choices aren’t made – financial and to the health of dental staff.

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