Prioritize cleanliness and safety at your dental practice with equipment from DuraPro Health. Our selection includes a variety of affordable dental sterilization accessories and dental autoclaves that can be used to outfit your practice. These powerful and efficient tools are critical for protecting patients and providing the highest level of dental care. Without clean, sanitized instruments, your patients’ health can be put at risk.
Because we offer new and refurbished equipment for sterilizing your instruments, it’s easy to find a model that fits your needs and your budget. Learn more about the dental sterilizer equipment options available at DuraPro Health to find the right one for your practice.
Automatic and Manual Autoclaves
No matter what type of autoclave you need for your dental practice, you will find a great price when you shop with us. When it comes to autoclaves, DuraPro Health offers a range of sizes and styles, including automatic and manual models. Automatic autoclaves offer the convenience of sterilization at the push of a button. This is one of the top options, for both stationary and mobile autoclaves. Keep in mind that with a portable sterilizer, you have more options when it comes to placement, which helps at larger practices.
Automatic autoclaves are innovative to be sure, but they’re not the only option for today’s dental practices. While there are a few more steps involved with a manual autoclave, these models are generally available at lower prices, which is helpful for dental offices on a tighter budget.
Another option is to select a used dental autoclave from DuraPro Health that’s been refurbished, which will cost only 40% to 60% of the cost of new equipment. Because we prioritize manufacturers with a reputation for reliability, our collection features trusted brands like Tuttnauer, Statim, Midmark, and others. Compare dental autoclave sterilizers on our site to find the best fit for your practice and your preferred price point.
Dental Sterilization Equipment and Accessories
Besides offering a number of options for sterilizer autoclaves for use in professional dentistry, we also carry other types of sterilizers that can help you keep surgical equipment, lab instruments, and other materials hygienic and safe. Decontaminate complex instruments with a disinfecting washer in between every use to ensure that they are clean before the next treatment. You can use a dry heat sterilizer to sanitize items like N-95 respirator masks without compromising their performance or effectiveness.
When you browse through this collection, you’ll also find sterilizer accessories, including cleaning solutions and autoclave racks. Because your practice may require multiple sterilization units, it’s discerningly sensible to shop at DuraPro Health to get affordable prices on all of your essential equipment.
What are the different sterilization techniques in dentistry?
Keeping dental equipment clean is a multi-step process that starts with soaking tools and other instruments in a disinfectant and then applying an anti-rust solution to uphold their integrity. From here, a dentist or assistant uses one of the following methods of sterilization:
Autoclave: This dental sterilization device was devised in 1879 by Charles Chamberland. Also called “steam sterilization,” autoclaves heat damp air up to at least 250 degrees Fahrenheit and use gravity displacement or pre-vacuum operation. From there, the equipment dries before use. This process typically takes under a half hour but requires up to 40 minutes of drying time. It can be used with both wrapped and unwrapped dental instruments. Systems are either manual or automatic.
Dry heat: Utilizing static or forced air, this longer process places dental tools and equipment into a device where the temperature increases to at least 300 degrees Fahrenheit. The equipment remains there for at least an hour. Superheated steam is an alternative dry heat method that uses a lower temperature and less heat, and takes less time.
Rapid-heat transfer: True to its name, this technique sterilizes and dries tools in 20 or fewer minutes through a process circulating heated air.
Unsaturated chemical vapor sterilizer: Requiring alcohol, formaldehyde, acetone, ketone and water, this method uses a steady 270 degrees Fahrenheit plus 20 pounds per square inch of pressure for a period of 20 minutes to dry and sterilize dental equipment.
What are the four methods of sterilization?
The four methods of sterilization include autoclave, dry heat, rapid-heat transfer and unsaturated chemical vapor sterilizer. For more information on what each method entails, see above.
Why is sterilization important in dentistry?
Sterilization is integral to creating a safe, healthy environment for patients. To provide guidance, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed cross-infection protocols encompassing cleaning and sterilization. Specifically, all tools and instruments need to be thoroughly cleaned and sterilized between patients to help prevent the spread of bacteria and diseases.
This process entails:
Cleaning all instruments to remove blood, debris and microorganisms, preferably with a detergent or disinfectant solution.
Disinfecting tools and instruments to thoroughly remove microorganisms, excluding bacterial spores.
Sterilizing all tools and instruments to remove remaining microbes and bacterial spores.
Frequency and method are based on instrument classification:
Critical instruments — those designed to pass through tissue or bone — should only be sterilized after each use with a heat, dry or chemical method.
Semi-critical instruments — which come in contact with bodily fluids — need to be sterilized after each use or cleaned with a powerful, EPA-approved disinfectant.
Non-critical instruments — which come in contact with the skin — simply need to be cleaned with an intermediate or lower-grade disinfectant.
What is used for sterilization of dental equipment?
Pre-sterilization, all dental instruments are washed and disinfected to remove as many microorganisms from the surface as possible. This is done through a combination of water and detergent or a disinfectant solution, or it may involve an ultrasonic device.
For sterilization, one of the following methods is used:
Steam sterilization uses heat, temperature (up to 273 degrees Fahrenheit) and pressure to kill remaining microorganisms and bacteria. This process takes about 30 minutes and is followed by 40 minutes of drying.
Dry heat applies static or rising convection heat or forced, circulated air. Air will be heated up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and applied for over two hours in certain cases.
Unsaturated chemical vapor sterilization creates a vapor from formaldehyde, acetone, ketone, alcohol and water and applies the solution at a high pressure and high temperature (up to 270 degrees Fahrenheit) for up to 40 minutes.
How does a dental sterilizer work?
For steam sterilization, tools are first placed into a plastic bag, which is then completely sealed. After, they’re placed in an autoclave machine to be sterilized. Once this begins, air is removed from the main chamber, and pressurized heated steam flows in to kill any remaining bacteria.