The Essentiality of Adhering to Infection Control Protocols in Dental Laboratories

Dental health professionals, including dental laboratory technicians, are at risk of transmitting infections through direct or indirect contact with patients. That is why the School of Dentistry takes infection control very seriously and follows stringent protocols to reduce the spread of germs and illnesses. It is essential to utilize suitable infection control precautions when dealing with contaminated items, such as prints, molds and other prosthetic devices, to avoid cross-contamination and cross-infection. The regular use of recommended infection control protocols and effective communication between the dental office and the dental laboratory can provide a secure work environment for people with potential occupational hazards.

For instance, microorganisms from a dental impression can remain in hardened plaster for up to 7 days. Therefore, the same infection control protocols should be followed in the dental laboratory as in the dental office. The American Dental Association (ADA) encourages practicing dentists, dental assistants and dental laboratories to stay up to date with scientific information that leads to improvements in infection control. Additionally, OSHA regulations necessitate the protection of dental laboratory and dental office employees against blood-borne pathogens. In conclusion, adhering to proper infection control procedures is essential for dental laboratory technicians to guarantee a safe work environment and protect both staff and patients from potential diseases.