Dental Waste Disposal

Dental offices generate four main types of regulated waste: amalgam waste, hazardous waste, medical waste and pharmaceutical waste. Proper disposal procedures should be followed to meet regulatory requirements and prevent contamination. Trust TriHaz Solutions for efficient and compliant dental waste disposal.


“The Orthopaedic Center has 21 locations across Alabama and Tennessee, and TriHaz Solutions has managed our medical waste for several years. They are very responsive – “Johnny-on-the-spot” whenever I need to add a service or have a question! Before TriHaz, we had to use several vendors for our different locations, and with their bundled services, we can include secure document destruction. This is much more efficient, with one pickup and one invoice. Plus, we have no worries about compliance since our waste is being properly transported, treated, and disposed.” 

Jeremy Gaertner
Clinical Director, The Orthopaedic Center (TOC)

Why Our Dental Waste Disposal Service?

Highly Qualified

Our team is highly qualified and has the experience to get the job done right. With years of experience, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you with your specific needs.

Reliability & Safety

When you work with TriHaz Solutions for your dental waste disposal requirements you’re working with a reliable partner who can help you reduce risk for your patients.

We offer staff compliance training for your staff regarding OSHA, DOT, and HIPAA. This is important to ensure that your staff is up-to-date on the latest compliance regulations.

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Where Should Extracted Teeth Be Disposed?

Extracted teeth should be disposed of as medical waste, following the specific regulations and guidelines set by local and federal health authorities. If the extracted teeth contain amalgam, they must be handled separately to prevent the release of mercury into the environment. Extracted teeth should be placed in a designated, leak-proof, labeled medical waste container for biohazardous materials. Some dental practices may also have specific policies for the disposal of extracted teeth, especially if they are being considered for educational or other purposes, in which case patient consent and proper decontamination processes are necessary.

How Do You Dispose of Dental Suction Traps?

Dental suction traps, which collect solid waste from the suction systems used during dental procedures, should be disposed of in accordance with local regulations for medical waste. The contents are considered contaminated and potentially hazardous. Generally, the traps should be carefully emptied into a container designated for biohazardous waste. If disposable, the trap should also be placed in the biohazard waste container. Reusable traps must be decontaminated according to the manufacturer’s instructions before being returned to service. It’s important to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) during this process to avoid exposure to harmful materials.

What Are the Most Hazardous Types of Dental Waste?

The most hazardous types of dental waste include:
  1. Sharps Waste: This includes needles, scalpel blades, and any other objects that can puncture or slice skin, potentially leading to infection transmission.
  2. Chemical Waste: Certain chemicals used in dentistry, such as dental amalgam (due to its mercury content), disinfectants, and developing fluids for radiographs, pose significant environmental and health risks.
  3. Biomedical Waste: This encompasses any waste contaminated with blood or other potentially infectious materials, including extracted teeth, gauze soaked with bodily fluids, and gloves contaminated during procedures.

What Are Three Examples of Contaminated Waste Dental?

Three examples of contaminated waste in a dental setting are:
  1. Used Gloves and Gowns: These items can become contaminated with saliva, blood, or other bodily fluids during dental procedures.
  2. Gauze and Cotton Rolls: These are often used to absorb bodily fluids and can become heavily contaminated, requiring careful disposal.
  3. Used Dental Burs and Endodontic Files: These tools come into direct contact with the mouth and can carry biological material, making them a potential source of infection.

Where Should You Put Biohazard Labels in the Dental Office?

Biohazard labels should be prominently placed where biohazardous materials are handled, stored, or disposed of within the dental office. This includes but is not limited to, sharps disposal containers, biomedical waste containers, and any refrigerators or storage units used to store potentially infectious materials. Labels should be visible to ensure that all staff know the potential hazards and can exercise appropriate caution when handling these materials. Additionally, areas where biohazardous procedures are performed should also have clear signage to indicate the necessity of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety measures.    

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