Dantini Dental makes every effort to assure that our dental instruments are sterile. In this regard, we use three sterilization methods – a steam autoclave, a dry heat sterilizer and a chemical bath.
The steam autoclave is the sterilization gold standard. It subjects instruments to 250 degrees of heat and 15 pounds of pressure. All of our instruments are scrubbed or ultrasonically cleaned, bagged, and then put through the steam autoclave. Each bag has a strip that signals when the proper sterilization conditions have been met.
The dry heat produced by our Sterident is very similar to that of a typical oven. Instruments are baked at a high temperature for thirty minutes. This sterilization method is only applicable for stainless steel instruments. As with the steam autoclave, containment bags have an indicator strip that shows when sterile conditions have been met.
The high dry heat of our Sterident sterilizer is for stainless steel instruments. It is tested weekly.
Chemical sterilization is the least reliable of the three methods. This procedure is reserved for items that would otherwise be ruined by the high heat associated with the first two methods. Usually, soft plastic and delicate instruments are placed in a gluteraldehyde solution such as cidex and left in this chemical bath overnight.