Pesquisa Odontológica Brasileira
Print version ISSN 1517-7491
NASSIF, Alessandra Cristina da Silva et al. Structuralization of a Human Teeth Bank. Pesqui. Odontol. Bras. [online]. 2003, vol.17, suppl.1, pp.70-74. ISSN 1517-7491. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-74912003000500012.
A Human Teeth Bank (HTB) is a nonprofit institution, associated to a college, to a university or to some other institution. Its purpose is to fulfill academic needs, by supplying human teeth for research or for preclinical laboratory training of students, thus eliminating the illegal commerce of teeth that still takes place in dental schools. It is also up to an HTB to work for the elimination of cross-infection caused by indiscriminate handling of extracted teeth. In order to work properly, an HTB should have a strict control of its internal procedures, which include separation and stocking of teeth, as well as an appropriate maintaining of donors' and beneficiaries' records. In this article, we discuss the functions that an HTB can perform, and how the Human Teeth Bank, School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo, works and organizes itself today.
Keywords : Human teeth bank; Organization and administration.