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Every item the dentist introduces into the oral cavity must be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected, and sterilized after being used. Otherwise, bacteria can travel from one patient's mouth to another. Therefore, resulting in cross infections.
Fortunately, a dental dry heat sterilizer is all it takes to kill any harmful bacteria within the instrument's surface. These devices have been widely used in many dental offices due to their high efficiency.
A dry heat sterilizer is a device that acts similar to an oven. When it is closed, the temperature rises on the inside to kill all the bacteria inside.
These devices offer a reliable sterilization method. However, same as with an autoclave, the dental instruments must be placed inside a packaging to prevent them from contaminating after taking them out of the sterilizer.
Some dry heat sterilizers possess a specialized mechanism that makes the hot air circulate on the inside. This improves the sterilization process by ensuring that every instrument's area is equally heated.
The instruments must be placed inside the dental dry heat sterilizer for around 30 - 150 minutes. The sterilization time varies depending on the temperature. The average temperature to guarantee sterilization ranges from 300 - 375°F (160 - 180°C).