It is a strange day in the world of dental instruments when these professional medical devices become the subject of a government sting. But that is precisely what happened when officials in the UK seized many thousands of counterfeit dental devices recently en route to online retailers such as eBay and Amazon:
The illegal products, ranging from drills to radiography systems, were counterfeit copies of major brands or substandard with fake documentation, according to the MHRA. Among the items seized were handpiece drills that could malfunction and disintegrate in patients’ mouths, dental x-ray systems that emit high levels of radiation, and root canal files that could break.
It isn’t hard to imagine why such a market might arise: dental tools such as bone grafting material and collagen products can be expensive, and with good reason. These are medical grade materials designed to heal without harming, and in some cases, to remain indefinitely in the body.
All the more reason to exercise caution and to purchase only from dental material provides you know and trust:
“Dentists must source their dental equipment from reputable suppliers. Purchasing from auction websites and being unable to verify the integrity of the seller has the potential to increase risks to patients and cause reputational damage to the dental profession,” Jeffrey said.
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