PROTECTIVE SHIELD FOR HIGH SPEED EQUIPMENT
D.M.D.Providence, R. I.
Y EVERAL RECENT REPORTS
indicate that pathogenic microorganisms are propelled
,into the atmosphere during high speed tooth reduction with a water coolant.1-5Contamination of the atmosphere in prbximity to the patient, assistant, and dentistpresents a health hazard.A recent publications described a clear plastic addition to a disposable facemask for protection of the dentist and patient. Obviously the same device could serveto protect the assistant. This report describes a transparent shield which serves toprotect both the patient and the professional personnel.
The device consists of a kidney-shaped transparent shield made of s6 inchL,ucite or Plexiglass. The shield (Fig. 1) is 8 inches long and 49$ inches wide. Theconcave edge of the shield is adequately curved to fit against the upper lip and justunder the patient’s nose. The assistant holds the shield in position during tooth re-duction. Tipping the shield will prevent the operating light from reflecting in thedentist’s eyes. The contra-angle, mirror, and aspirator tube pass beneath the shield(Fig. 1).
Fig. 1.-A patient with a shield held by a dental assistant.