I would say it is very, very rare. But anything can happen, I guess. Instruments are sterilized after every patient and kept in the package they were sterilized in until just before the patient is seated. To get any sort of infection from a dental office would be very rare. And the staph infection probably came from an outside source and got into the mouth, not from the instruments or dental office. That is my opinion. Causing death; I have no idea how long it would take between contacting staph and dying from it. That would be something you probably need to talk to your doctor about.
Staph is a common bacteria in the mouth - up to 80% of the population will have it. This doesn't mean that there is an infection, staph is commonly found on and in the body without causing an infection. If there is an infection (redness, swelling, pus) then it is certainly possible that staph is the bug.
If the dentist or technicians broke the sterile field and were exposed to staph, it is possible that you contracted a staph infection. In fact, staph is the most common of all post-surgical infections in the US (and probably the world) today. CDC reports that rougly 500,000 surgical wounds become infected with staph or other pathogens each year. [[User:Cjonb|Cjonb]] 21:09, 2 Jun 2008 (UTC)
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