dentalGator

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Did anyone else get this is as a requirement from your dental school before you enroll? I haven't heard of this before....collecting extracted teeth. 'Oh why hello there this is my wonderful jar of extracted teeth would you like to see?'
 
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Did anyone else get this is as a requirement from your dental school before you enroll? I haven't heard of this before....collecting extracted teeth. 'Oh why hello there this is my wonderful jar of extracted teeth would you like to see?'
This is legit. You will need these extracted teeth for your endo and operative courses.
 

NDPitch

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Yup. Some schools require this. I'd start traveling around to your local dental offices, and oral surgeon offices, and ask them if they'll collect teeth for you.
 

NDPitch

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I have two of my extracted wisdoms somewhere. Should I be storing them in any particular environment?
Store all collected teeth in a jar of 10 parts water, 1 part bleach.
 
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dentalGator

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So it looks like I will be contacting my oral surgeon as I will probably hit the jackpot there. Nice to know collecting teeth is a normal thing.
 

jeffity

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Optional for us. They issue containers w/ formula to us in lab before breaks to make it easy. If you absolutely love it and know all sorts of surgeons, I think your bench gets a pizza party. They're for doing endo second year (it's to your benefit to have a variety). But it seems like a collective sharing thing. But we certainly aren't required to show up on the first day with them.
 
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Also check your local periodontist offices. I had good luck getting good anterior and premolar teeth from the.
 
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Do schools send instructions on what solution to store the teeth in? This might sound silly to ask, but is it a good idea to mark on the jar that teeth from HIV patients shouldn't be placed in the jar due to biohazardous reasons, just in case? I don't think the solution for the teeth would kill an HIV virus.Thanks!
 

Epictetus21

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Do schools send instructions on what solution to store the teeth in? This might sound silly to ask, but is it a good idea to mark on the jar that teeth from HIV patients shouldn't be placed in the jar due to biohazardous reasons, just in case? I don't think the solution for the teeth would kill an HIV virus.Thanks!
HIV is actually one of the easiest viruses to kill. It is inactivated in bleach and water solutions, in alcohol, and if you let it dry on the counter top. That's right, HIV is inactivated by drying, so if you have dried blood on a countertop, HIV is not one of your concerns. Enveloped viruses are exceptionally easy to kill. That's why it's hilarious that so many cleaning products at the grocery store say, "Kills the HIV Virus!" :idea: No kidding. Everything kills HIV.

That being said, make sure you are following your dental school's instructions for disinfecting collected teeth. There are tougher bugs that you should be concerned about.
 
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Store all collected teeth in a jar of 10 parts water, 1 part bleach.
Do schools send instructions on what solution to store the teeth in? This might sound silly to ask, but is it a good idea to mark on the jar that teeth from HIV patients shouldn't be placed in the jar due to biohazardous reasons, just in case? I don't think the solution for the teeth would kill an HIV virus.Thanks!
For those individuals who don't know where they are going yet, do as NDPitch states above for storing your teeth. That is the widely accepted method for storing teeth. But, some schools have their own requirements. If you cannot obtain the storage medium they recommend, then store them in the bleach water solution mentioned above and then transfer for the recommended medium when you get to the school.
 

doc toothache

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Store all collected teeth in a jar of 10 parts water, 1 part bleach.
Strictly speaking, a 1:10 solution would be one part NaOCl and 9 parts H2O, although extracted teeth are likely to be happy in either environment.
 
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Strictly speaking, a 1:10 solution would be one part NaOCl and 9 parts H2O, although extracted teeth are likely to be happy in either environment.
Can we get a spreadsheet of which schools require this? Your spreadsheets are very helpful by the way :D
 

dantemac

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Depends on the school.

Here at Penn (and most schools probably like this), you need them second year so they tell you that first year, or you knew and prepared ahead of time and are saving a jar.
 
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hi it might sound crazy but i buyed teeth online.
My school also asked me to collect extracted teeth
And i googled to see weather human teeth are sold online.
I found this site b for bones selling teeth and doing preety good
Service but they charge also.my friends also buyef from them.
Google with terms like buy extracted teeth/buy human teeth/selling
Human teeth etc and you can get few websites selling one like b for bones.
 

Hawkteeth

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hi it might sound crazy but i buyed teeth online.
My school also asked me to collect extracted teeth
And i googled to see weather human teeth are sold online.
I found this site b for bones selling teeth and doing preety good
Service but they charge also.my friends also buyef from them.
Google with terms like buy extracted teeth/buy human teeth/selling
Human teeth etc and you can get few websites selling one like b for bones.
lol
 
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Did anyone else get this is as a requirement from your dental school before you enroll? I haven't heard of this before....collecting extracted teeth. 'Oh why hello there this is my wonderful jar of extracted teeth would you like to see?'
Yes, I've heard of this being a requirement. I just couldn't imagine traveling with a jar of teeth in my suitcase. This is one creepy carry-on item if you ask me lol