If you are disgusted by the thought of germs or bacteria filled mouths, going to the dentist might be a trip to dread. It’s a fair concern, so let’s address those lingering fears. Rest assured, instruments and equipment must undergo rigorous sterilization procedures. In fact, some dental tools are for single use only and get tossed after one procedure. For the non-disposable items like mouth mirrors, drills, forceps and scalers, special machines called auto claves(steam under pressure) or dry ovens are required for use by the CDC to ensure the utmost standards be met for cleanliness.
Thorough sterilization is key for a safe office and the utilized systems are regularly assessed for quality control purposes. Even the items that don’t come have any contact with the mouth (chairs, door handles, trays, faucets) are routinely cleaned with hospital grade disinfectant to prevent the spread of germs.
The safety and health of the patient is extremely important to any dental practice. We are doing everything we can to make your visit a positive one, so you can leave with the smile and dental appointment you’ve always dreamed of. Don’t be afraid to ask us about our procedures or hold us to high standards when you come; we are always looking for ways to improve your experience.