Instrument Care


Instrument Care Instrument Care
For both cleaning and sterilization processes, adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding operation of equipment and any other specifications.

Use distilled water only as tap water contains chlorine, which can lead to corrosion and rusting of instruments.

CLEANING

Following each clinical use, all instruments must be thoroughly rinsed with water to remove all residue prior to processing. Be sure to soak all used instruments instantly in an ultrasonic cleaner to prevent solidifying of the debris and to promote infection control. Failure to clean promptly will dry up the particles on to the instruments, preventing precise future cleaning and autoclaving. Ultrasonic Solution should be changed regularly or whenever it’s visibly soiled. After the ultrasonic cycle, rinse again with distilled water and continue on to drying the instruments.
If using a TBS Cassette kit, you may organize the instruments in the cassette and place the entire cassette into the Ultrasonic cleaner. All parts of the cassette must be dry before you continue on to the sterilization process.

STERILIZATION

All instruments must be cleaned and completely dried before autoclaving. Failure to clean meticulously prior to autoclaving will result in spots and contaminated particles on the instruments. All stainless-steel instruments should be placed in separate sterilization pouches and not to be mixed with any carbide instruments during instrument processing. Avoid placing the instruments too close together and avoid overloading the sterilizer. This will not ensure proper sterilization, as it will take longer for the instruments to reach the ideal temperature.

Conduct a standard autoclave cycle and steam sterilize accordingly to the optimum time and temperature needed, followed by a 30-minute dry time. Do not exceed temperatures 350º F / 177º C during sterilization as this will have an adverse effect on the temper of the steel.

For a more streamlined and time-efficient process, you may load a clean and dry TBS cassette into the sterilizer.

STORING

All instruments should be carefully stored individually in trays or cassettes post cleaning and sterilization. Ensure the instruments are entirely dry after each process. This will promote better longevity of your instruments by preventing scratches or abrasions.

FRINGS® MAINTENANCE & CARE 

All FRINGS® must be lubricated twice a month to ensure optimal performance. We recommend a surgical milk bath every two weeks as part of your instrument care process. Following the surgical milk bath, lubricate one drop of surgical instrument oil inside the hinge for continuous performance.

STAINLESS STEEL INSTRUMENTS

We use many different types of stainless steel in the production of instruments dependent upon the design and application of the instrument. All stainless steel have a high nickel and chromium content to maximize corrosion resistance, but do corrode and discolor when subjected to high concentrations of certain chemicals. Do not expose stainless steel dental instruments to the following chemicals as they will cause an adverse reaction and may destroy your instruments: Chlorine or Chlorinated products, Household Bleach, Tarter and Stain Remover, Aluminum Chloride, Aqua Regia, Barium Chloride, Bichloride of Mercury, Calcium Chloride, Carbolic Acid, Chlorinated Lime, Citric Acid, Dakin’s Solution, Ferric Chloride, Ferrous Chloride, Hydrochloric Acid, Iodine, Lysol®, Mercury Chloride, Mercury Salts, Phenol, Potassium Permanganate, Potassium Thiocyanate, Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach), Stannous Chloride, Sulfuric Acid and Tartaric Acid (Tarter & Stain Remover)

Note:
  • Be sure to only use solutions and chemicals that are compatible with stainless steel instruments.
  • Do not use sodium chloride solution to clean the instruments.

TITANIUM NITRIDE COATED INSTRUMENTS

Titanium coating is used to increase the surface hardness of instrument tips and reduce “pullback” when manipulating composite materials. Proper care should be taken to remove any residual composite materials from the blade within a few minutes of use by wiping the blade with an alcohol pad. Composite materials or residue can harden on the blade and affect the quality of future restorations. Composite residue left to harden on the blade cannot be removed without damaging the surface finish of the composite placement instrument. Titanium Nitride Coated instruments can be cleaned and sterilized using the same recognized acceptable methods as stainless steel instruments
Note: Never use abrasives to clean the surface of any titanium coated composite placement instruments, elevators, periotomes or curettes.

HINGED INSTRUMENTS


All hinged instruments should be allowed to thoroughly dry in an open position after ultrasonic and manual cleaning procedures. We recommend that you only use lubricants specifically formulated for dental and surgical instruments and follow manufacturer's instructions for applications.