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Evaluation of Dry-Field Isolation Techniques In Reducing Spatter and Aerosols

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought much attention to the generation of aerosols and spatter during dental procedures. And given the highly contagious nature of this virus, the race has been on to find a workable solution to the potential infection of patients and dental teams in the operatory.

A recent study carried out by the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina has been examining the effectiveness of eight dry-field isolation techniques. The authors of the study have now made preliminary recommendations on which techniques produced the least amount of aerosols and spatter.

Dr. Sorin Teich, Associate Dean of the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina and corresponding author of the study, talks to Chiraz Guessaier, Manager CDA, about the findings so far. Dr. Teich outlines some of the challenges in undertaking such a study, gives preliminary results, and offers dentists solid recommendations around the effective use of suction to minimize aerosols in the operatory.

We hope you find the conversation useful. We welcome your thoughts, questions and/or suggestions about this post and other topics. Leave a comment in the box below or send us your feedback by email.

Until next time!
Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager

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