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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-85

Practicing prosthetic dentistry in the COVID era

Department of Prosthodontics, Crown and Bridge and Implantology, Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana, India

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Dr. Navdha Gupta
Department of Prosthodontics, Crown and Bridge and Implantology, Manav Rachna Dental College, Faridabad, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijohs.ijohs_31_20

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The article entails an in-depth study on general and self-protection of dentists to be followed in the prosthodontic clinics and laboratories. A research was conducted using keywords such as “Covid-19,” “epidemiology,” “risk factors,” “guidelines for dentists,” “guidelines on infection control in prosthodontic department,” “dental unit water lines,” and “water quality in dental units” in the databases of PubMed/Medline, Google Scholar, and textbooks on public health community dentistry between 1990 and 2020. Articles and texts without reliable source of publication were excluded, and articles focusing on the well-being of dentists along with sterilization norms during this pandemic time were only included. In the field of prosthodontics, the prosthodontists were constrained to curtail their scale of operations as dentists were always at a higher exposure of saliva and bodily fluids. The tasks/procedures exposing the prosthodontists to their patients' bodily fluids had to be curtailed to a larger extent, and they ought to be extra cautious while performing the procedures. The emphasis is not only on sterilization protocols which are to be strictly followed in the clinics but also on a personal level whereby the dentists too have to go an extra mile to safeguard themselves as well as their patients. There is a humongous fear psychosis prevalent in the mindsets of both patients and doctors owing to the fear factor arising out of the airborne infection.

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