We use dry heat sterilizers for our hand instruments and a steam autoclave for sterilization of the dental handpieces. Items which cannot withstand the heat are cold sterilized.
All our sterilizer machines are monitored for sterilization effectiveness with weekly tests. As a second check of sterilization effectiveness, all instruments are bagged with an indicator strip which tests for effective sterilization of each bag. Cleaned instruments are kept in closed cabinets after sterilization. We use sterile waters in our surgical setup. We make extensive use of plastic barriers at the dental chairs to aid in effective cleaning of the chairs. Our staff is immediately trained and biannually retrained in infection control as per the regulations of the State of North Carolina. Our practice is equipped with the most state-of-the-art sterilization