Legal requirements for the sterilization of dental instruments

Legal requirements for the sterilization of dental instruments

Written by: Romanian Dental Team

Legal_requirements_for_the_sterilization_of_dental_instruments.jpgDental clinics have to comply with strict requirements for the sterilization of dental instruments. According to their purpose, dental instruments can be more or less exposed to dangerous bacteria and microbes. Our dental clinics in Bucharest use internationally approved sterilization methods and our offices are equipped to observe the legal requirements. If you are interested in dental treatments abroad, Romania is your safest choice.

Dental instruments: decontamination and safe use

Dental instruments are used for a variety of dental procedures and, depending on the way in which they are used, they can be considered critical, semi-critical or non-critical in terms of the risk for transmitting infection. Critical instruments are those used to cut and penetrate soft tissue or bone and those used in surgical procedure to cut through tissue. They must be thoroughly sterilized after every use. Semi-critical instruments are those used directly on soft tissue and bone and they too must be sterilized after every use. Non-critical dental instruments only touch skin, such as the external components of a dental x-ray machine. Some instruments are disposable.
The instruments and surfaces exposed to contamination are sterilized using highly effective chemical substances that can kill bacteria such as Candida, the HIV virus, the hepatitis B and C virus, the herpes virus type 1 and others. Our dentists in Bucharest also follow strict disinfectant procedures and clean their hands with special disinfectants for human use before and after using examination gloves.
Sterilization can be chemical or physical. Chemical methods require the use of special substances which physical ones use hot air and pressurized vapor sterilization. Pre-cleaning and cleaning solutions can be enzymatic (for removing blood) and non-enzymatic (for removing non-specific debris). 

Other legal requirements

Dental offices in Romania need to comply with other criteria other than those for sterilization. They need to obtain a sanitary permit for functioning and provide a minimum number of facilities, like a waiting room, toilets, storage spaces and the actual dental consultation office. If you are interested in the legal requirements for the dental industry in other countries, we can put you in touch with our partners and
Our clinics in Bucharest are fully equipped to deliver a safe and painless treatment. Whatever your dental problem, you can contact our office in Bucharest to schedule an appointment. If you are considering dental travel abroad and are undecided, we can help you choose Romania as your dental travel destination


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