Well, it’s different in different places of the world and while countries like USA might have stringent rules and regulations pertaining disposal of medical waste, in India the laws are not as stringent or put into effect as abroad. Well, the tooth is yours and you have full control over what you want to do it as in whether you want to keep it or dispose it. But, not many know that If you are living in a country like USA there are rules and regulations that you need to adhere to even if it’s about your won dental waste. Here’s some information around it.
As per the local, state and federal health regulations, your tooth could have tissue residue, saliva or blood on it, hence making it a medical waste product. The dentists are already taught to deal with medical waste and that returning it to the patient is against the dental law. Though, many dental association in America like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association – all do permit taking the tooth home, yet the dentist would have to sterilize it before he or she hands it over.
Tooth without metal Filings
The Centre of Disease control and Prevention (CDC) in America consider an extracted tooth without any metal fillings as infectious and are to be disposed of using the hazardous waste containers, which are picked up by the medical waste management companies and is incinerated.
Tooth with metal filingsX
If your teeth contain metal particularly if its amalgam, which is a combination of many metals like tin, copper, zinc, silver and mercury then as per CDC it cannot be incinerated because there are concerns regarding emission of toxic fumes on exposure to high temperatures for incineration.
So, this sort of an extracted tooth is placed separately away from the medical waste and sent to a specialized medical recycling centre. At the centre, the hazardous material are removed off the teeth and are disposed of safely before further procedures are undertaken. Dental scrap like molds and grindings are also sent for recycling many a times.
The dentist is paid for the metal though but if you are thinking of taking your tooth home for earning some bucks out of it, well, then it is not a good idea. The recycling business is a bulk business and hence to earn a fat amount you need to sell quite a few.
Not all dentists sell it, there are many who donate teeth for research purpose in medical labs and dental schools. Well, celebrity teeth might gain a lot of bucks and there have been cases where celebrity tooth have been auctioned for a fat amount for the purpose of cloning. Dentists use teeth for advertising and fulfilling some bizarre desires like teeth jewelry or as visual aids in educational seminars
RajaRajeswari Dental College & Hospital was established in the year 1992 with just 40 admissions in BDS course. It was housed in a rented building measuring 40,000 Sq. Feet. Now it has progressed to a full- fledged Postgraduate Dental Institution with 100 BDS admissions and MDS courses in all specialties of Dental Surgery. In addition, PhD in Orthodontics, Periodontology and certificate course in Implantology are also offered in RRDCH.
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