Sterilization is defined as the process of destroying all microorganisms and their pathogenic products. It can be accomplished by any of various methods, including heat (usually wet steam under pressure at 121°C for 15 minutes), gas plasma, irradiation, or a bactericidal chemical compound such as ethylene oxide, peracetic acid, or aqueous glutaraldehyde. The probability that a given process has made something sterile is known as its sterility assurance level.
We sterilize all hand pieces and instruments after each patient by steam sterilization autoclave. Our sterilizers are monitored daily and tested once in a month by experts to ensure sterilization has been achieved every cycle. Any items that are not able to be sterilized are disposed of after each patient. We use disposable patient drapes to prevent cross infection. All biohazardous waste is properly disposed. Surfaces in the treatment areas are disinfected under protocols which require the use of chemical solutions that insure the highest level of infection control and protection to the environment.
Procedures routinely followed are:
- Sterile pouches for sterilised instruments
- UV chamber for storage & sterile instrument
- Disinfactants on counter tops & other surface areas
- Disposable items are used where ever possible
- AUTOCLAVE: Autoclave is used to sterilise re-usable instruments. Autoclaves use only steam to completely sterilise instruments at a temperature of about 270° F
- ULTRASONIC CLEANER: Ultrasonic cleaner disinfects and cleanse re-usable instruments by making ultrasonic vibrations and heating them upto 150o F
The Importance of Dental Sterilization
- Sterilization Prevents the Growth of Diseases
- Sterilization Prevents the Spread of Diseases
- Sterilization Prevents Double Surgeries