Electric Dental Handpieces and Electric Oral Bone-cutting Handpieces: Safety Investigation of Patient Burns
MedSun: Newsletter #53, October 2010
FDA MedWatch Safety Alert
FDA is again alerting healthcare professionals and dental organizations of a safety issue described in a 2007 Public Health Notification, "Patient Burns from Electric Dental Handpieces". These devices are AC-powered hand-held devices used to prepare dental cavities for restorations, such as fillings, and for cleaning teeth. These burns range from first degree burns to third degree burns requiring reconstructive surgery. Since the notice, the FDA has received numerous additional reports of patients being burned by electric dental handpieces.
FDA MedWatch Safety Alert. Electric Dental Handpieces and Electric Oral Bone-cutting Handpieces: Safety Investigation of Patient Burns. September 24, 2010.
FDA Public Health Notification: Patient Burns from Electric Dental Handpieces