Chemical Disinfection

Dental instruments that cannot be heat and pressure sterilized ( steam autoclave ) are treated differently.  They are immersed in a chemical formulated to kill viruses and bacteria.  A sterile state is reached after many hours of immersion in the liquid.  Very few items used in our office are treated in this manner.  Many items that cannot be steam autoclaved are discarded after being used on one patient.  See One Time Use Items.

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