Why & How we maintain a sterile and clean environment at Smilekraft Dentistry
At Smilekraft Dentistry, dedication to quality and patient safety is embedded in everything we do. Quality care, means providing the best possible outcomes and partnering with you to make your dental experience exceptional. That’s the big picture, and we always keep it in mind.
To aid in achieving this endeavour, we ensure that all our equipment and procedures meet international quality standards and are also at par with the safety norms that are laid by the dental governing bodies. As for the safety measures at our clinic, we’ve always kept our patients’ health as top priority, hence, special importance is given to sterilising all dental instruments prior to and post the treatments.
Sterilisation – the process that helps remove & kill all microorganisms, has always been of utter importance in medical setups & clinics. And because it’s absolutely necessary and important to maintain cleanliness and hygiene, in places where you have multiple patients coming in at all times, sterilisation needs to be the most fundamental practice to take precautionary health measures!
An instrument that is sterile – i.e. after a sterilisation process – is completely safe for the human body!
The main sterilisation process at Smilekraft Dentistry is done using heat, pressure and vacuum, and the equipment which aids us in this process is an Autoclave, which is a high-end steam steriliser.
The autoclave, thanks to its structure, allows the sterilisation process to be carried out by using high pressure and steam, which kills all microorganisms, including dangerous viruses and bacteria and all their spore forms. The use of steam-pressure autoclave, is one of the most effective methods of sterilization.
At Smilekraft Dentistry, we abide by our Class B autoclave for sterilising our instruments & equipment, which is considered the best amongst all types of available autoclaves. Read about the different types of autoclaves and their capabilities here:
In easier terms, we make sure that everything in the clinic is a 100% clean by going through the following processes.
Starting off, all our instruments are ultrasonically cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner. Next, they go through a special chemical disinfectant process, after which they’re finally sealed in pouches to be autoclaved. Our Class B autoclave with its process that lasts about an hour and half, then sterilises the instruments thoroughly, finally giving us a sealed set of sterilised equipment, to be opened in front of the patients for their use.
While this solves the issue of cleaning equipment that can be sterilised with heat in the above stated manner, we use other methods like cold sterilisation for all the other equipment that cannot be exposed to heat. Things like the dental chairs, x-ray machines, computers, and so on, go through the cold sterilisation process, by being disinfected with special chemical disinfectants, which are a bunch of EPA-approved chemicals like hydrogen peroxide, Isopropyl alcohol, etc.
Other materials that are disposable, like gloves, needles, etc. are carefully segregated as biomedical waste and disposed off, according to the government norms, through specifically appointed agencies. This method follows the safety of the environment, as well as of our clinic and patients.
Another practice that we follow for an over all clean environment, is disinfecting the entire clinic frequently via fumigation, in which pesticides are released in the form of gas, to keep all the pests at bay.
While all these steps assure the best safety procedures at our clinic, the further points highlight some of our other quality measures-
Some of them are: