Well, the tooth fairy is just one possibility! Read what really does happen and thank you for visiting us at Endostoch in North Palm Beach, FL!
After a tooth is extracted, the dentist will usually place it on the tray next to the dental chair. While a lot of people may think that an extracted tooth has hit the end of the road; its journey has just begun.
Here’s eight different journeys that your tooth may take after it leaves your mouth.
1 – Incinerated with Biomedical Waste
According to the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, extracted teeth should be placed in a hazardous waste container. After that, the teeth are normally picked up by a medical waste management company that takes them and then incinerates them with other biomedical waste.
Normally, teeth that do not have any metal from prior dental work go to an oven to be incinerated. If the tooth has metal, it will likely follow one of the next two routes of disposal.
2 – Go to a Metal Recycling Center
If the extracted tooth has amalgam filling material in it, then incineration causes mercury to be released into the atmosphere. Because of this, regulations normally do not permit the incineration of extracted teeth containing amalgam, and they must be sent to a specialized recycling center that can remove the amalgam before disposing of the teeth.