Your safety is our top priority. Period. One key aspect of ensuring your safety is through our rigorous sterilization protocols. Sterilization is critical in preventing infection and maintaining a sterile environment for dental procedures.
What is Sterilization?
Sterilization is a special cleaning process we use in dental care to make sure that the equipment we use is completely clean. It gets rid of all the germs you can't see, like bacteria and viruses, from tools and equipment. We use special machines to do this. This is super important because it makes sure that the instruments we use in your mouth are completely germ-free. This helps to keep you safe from infections when you visit us. We take this very seriously to make sure everything is as clean and safe as possible for you.
High Standards for Sterilization:
We follow the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for instrument reprocessing. Our protocols involve a series of meticulously followed steps to ensure that all dental instruments are safe for reuse (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Categories of Patient-Care Items:
The CDC categorizes patient-care items into critical, semicritical, and noncritical, based on the risk of infection transmission. We strictly adhere to these categorizations:
Critical items, like scalpels and periodontal probes, are always heat sterilized.
Semicritical items, like dental handpieces, are either heat sterilized or processed using a high-level disinfectant.
Noncritical items are cleaned and, if necessary, disinfected with a low-level disinfectant (American Dental Association).
CDC Recommendations and ADA Guidelines:
We align our practices with the latest CDC recommendations and American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines. This includes using EPA-registered disinfectants and FDA-cleared sterilants, and following manufacturers' instructions for the reprocessing of reusable devices (American Dental Association).
Monitoring Sterilization Efficiency:
Consistent monitoring of our sterilization processes is essential. We use a combination of mechanical, chemical, and biological indicators to assess the efficacy of our sterilizers, as recommended by the CDC and ADA (American Dental Association). We also conduct regular biological monitoring, using in-office incubators and spore monitoring strips or mail-in spore monitoring programs (American Dental Association).
Commitment to Patient Safety:
Our dedication to maintaining the highest standards of sterilization reflects our commitment to your safety and well-being. By rigorously following these protocols, we ensure that every visit to Nuvia Dental Implant Center is not only comfortable but also safe.
We understand that trust is built on a foundation of safety and care. Our sterilization protocols are a testament to our commitment to providing you with the safest dental care experience possible. For more information on Dental Implants you can download our free book “Dental Implant Cost and Information Guide” Here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Sterilization | Questions | Infection Control | Division of Oral Health." Accessed [12/05/2023]. https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/faqs/cleaning.html.
American Dental Association. "Infection Control and Sterilization." Accessed [12/05/2023]. https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/infection-control-and-sterilization.