Dentistry, or Oral Medicine, is dedicated to the general health of the inner mouth, with a focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease to the teeth, gums and jaw. The dental industry is experiencing rapid growth in North America, primarily due to an aging population, and new research which continues to establish a link between oral health and overall health.
The Dental Industry encompasses nine (9) specialties, as recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA):
The prevalence of harmful dental aerosols poses significant health risks to dental professionals and their patients. The human mouth typically contains over 700 species of bacteria which can linger in the air for up to 30 minutes when aerosolized. Oral aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) such as high-speed drilling and scaling can generate harmful aerosol particles from saliva, plaque, blood and respiratory fluids, exposing dentists, dental hygienists and patients to dangerous pathogens which can easily spread the transmission of disease such as viruses and infection.
While personal protective equipment (PPE) such as goggles, gloves and masks offer a certain level of protection, an air filtration system that captures dangerous oral aerosols at-source is the most effective means of protecting dental professionals and patients. An Oral Aerosol Vacuum with a medical-grade HEPA filter is ideal - its lightweight, compact design allows for easy mobility within a dental facility.
In recent years, 3D printing technology has helped revolutionize the dental industry. 3D technologies are used for manufacturing common dental and orthodontic appliances such as:
3D printing technologies bring a new level of simplicity and speed to old, time-consuming procedures by empowering a dental practice to manufacture many dental and orthodontic appliances which would have previously been dispatched to a dental prosthesis laboratory. The savings in manufacturing costs can then be passed down to the patient.
Unfortunately, 3D printing produces its own set of challenges for dental professionals. Various resins and porcelains used in printing dental and orthodontic appliances can generate harmful composite dusts during the finishing process. These dusts consist of nano-sized particles that can cause health issues such as:
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