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Cleaning and Sterilizing SS White Dental, Inc. Rotary Dental Instruments
1 The intention of these instructions is to provide guidelines for the sterilization of rotary dental instruments.
2 Unless otherwise indicated, all instruments are supplied clean but not sterile. It is the user’s responsibility to sterilize instruments
before the first use and if applicable, before each additional use.
3 Instruments indicated as non-sterile single use should be
processed following these guidelines before the initial use only and then properly discarded.
1 Used rotary instruments should be considered contaminated and shall be handled following appropriate precautions and guidelines.
2 Personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves, mask, and eye protection should be worn.
3 Further controls may be required if specfic patient risks are present.
1 Automatic Cleaning is the recommended method for pre-sterilization cleaning.
2 Follow the machine manufacturer’s recommended method while utilizing approved agents for the cleaning of rotary dental instruments.
3 If there is an excessive delay between use and cleaning, manual cleaning may be required. In the case that automatic cleaning is not available, rotary dental instruments may be cleaned manually.
4 Manually brush debris from instruments under running water with a wire brush and approved cleaning agent.
should be worn and care taken to avoid spreading contaminants during the brushing process.
6 After cleaning, dry instruments with paper towel or dry heat not exceeding 140oC. Inspect and properly discard any instruments with signs of excessive wear, damage or corrosion.
1 Saturated steam under pressure (autoclave) is the recommended method of sterilization for rotary dental instruments.
2 The recommended
cycle is 20 to 30 minutes at 121oC (250oF) at 15 to 30 psi.
For faster processing a rapid cycle of 3 to 10 minutes at
135oC (275oF) at 25 to 30 psi is also acceptable.
Operation of the autoclave should follow the manufacturer’s recommended
methods and materials.
After sterilization, store instruments in a dry, clean, and ambient temperature environment.