How Do We Sterilize Our Instruments?

At Jordan Dentistry, your oral health is our number one priority. When you are welcomed into our office, we want you to feel comfortable in a warm, clean environment. One of the questions that we often get asked by our patients is how do we sterilize our instruments. So that you have the answer, we have written this blog for you detailing the process. Dentist Tools

The first step of sterilization is putting the instruments into a cassette. The loaded cassette goes into an ultrasonic bath which contains a cleaning solution. The bath removes all fluids and debris. After the ultrasonic, the instruments are placed into a unit called a Statim 2000. This uses heat and pressure to further clean the instruments. Metal instruments are heated to 275 degrees while plastic instruments are heated to 250 degrees. If the cassette is too large for the Statim, it is placed into the Autoclave. The Autoclave works similarly to the Statim, though its process takes slightly longer than the Statim. On top of these deep cleaning and sterilization techniques, we also mail out weekly spores tests with samples from our sterilizers to make sure that there are no spores or bacteria growing inside of the sterilizer machines.

Once our instruments have undergone this thorough sterilization process, they are clean and ready to be used on the next patient. This is how we are able to keep your oral health at the top of our priority list when you come see us for your regular dental cleanings or other cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call us to schedule your appointment today!

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