research product . 2021

Aerosol generation and control in the dental operatory: An in vitro spectrometric study of typical clinical setups

Kun-Szabó, Fruzsina; Gheorghita, Dorottya; Ajtai, Tibor; Hodovány, Szabolcs; Bozóki, Zoltán; Braunitzer, Gábor; Antal, Márk Ádám;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2021
  • Country: Hungary
Abstract
Dental turbines and scalers, used every day in dental operatories, feature built-in water spray that generates considerable amounts of water aerosol. The problem is that it is not exactly known how much. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, several aerosol safety recommendations have been issued-based on little empirical evidence, as almost no data are available on the exact aerosol concentrations generated during dental treatment. Similarly, little is known about the differences in the efficacy of different commercially available aerosol control systems to reduce in-treatment aerosol load. In this in vitro study, we used spectrometry to explore these questions. The ...
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