Dental Instrument Sterilization Methods

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There are many different types of dental instrument sterilization methods. At Rigby Advanced Dental, we care about patient safety so we make sure to disinfect all of our dental tools and equipment using state-of-the-art dental sterilization technology.

Before sterilization, dental professionals soak instruments in water or a disinfectant to keep anything from drying on them. They also apply a rust inhibitor to prevent rusting of the instruments.

Here the various types of sterilization methods used throughout the years:

Autoclave

In 1879, Charles Chamberland came up with the autoclave, which is one of the most common sterilizers used to this day. It looks like a heavy microwave, and it sterilizes by heating moist air up to temperatures from 250°F to 273°F. The chemicals and heat can slightly wear down the materials, which afterwards have to dry.

Dry Heat

With this method, the air is drier so the process takes hours. The materials are placed in an oven-like object where the temperature rises to 320°F. The materials remain there for one to two hours. Because it isn’t wet, this process doesn’t wear down instruments.

SuperHeated Steam

This method is the same as the dry heat method but there is nearly no humidity and the temperature is 180°F. This process takes 30 minutes to complete.

Rapid Heat Transfer

This method sterilizes at about 375°F for 6 to 20 minutes and circulates heated air throughout the unit. At the end of the cycle, the instruments are dry.

Unsaturated Chemical Vapor Sterilizer

Here the temperature stays at 270°F for 20 minutes, and instruments dry quickly after the cycle.

There are many ways to sterilize instruments. Most differ in time and heat, but the end result is the same, immaculate instruments. Contact us if you have any questions about the sterilization methods we use. We’ll clean your teeth as thoroughly as we do our equipment!

Ways to Remember to Go To Your Next Dental Exam

Short of the dental assistant personally giving you a ride to the dentist’s office, what can you do to make regular dental exams, well, unforgettable? Here are 5 ways to remember to go to your next dental exam.

  1. Make the appointment ahead while you wait. Before you start scrolling through Pinterest in the lobby, schedule your next 6-month checkup with the receptionist, and put it in your phone’s calendar then and there. Enable an event alert for the day before, too.
  2. Time it with other events that are 6 months apart. When it is time to change to Daylight Saving Time or Standard Time, use it as a reminder to go to your dentist. You could try timing it with holidays like Independence Day and Christmastime or Easter and Halloween. Some kids will probably need an appointment right after Halloween anyway!
  3. Write it down! Get the appointment process started by phone or our convenient online scheduling request. When our staff responds, put the appointment on a calendar that you see every day–the one on your desk at work, the family calendar in the kitchen,–somewhere so you are not surprised.
  4. Ask someone to call and remind you. Ask someone who calls and talks often to remind you about your next dental exam. Your mother, best friend, or gym buddy will be happy to help you keep up with good health habits.

Find a way that works best for you, and start by scheduling an appointment with Rigby Advanced Dental Care today!

Dentistry For Children In Bee Cave

Good oral healthcare is an important part of our lives, and the best way to maintain a healthy smile is to start as a child! In fact, tooth decay is even more prevalent in children due to the likelihood of improper brushing and an increased intake of sugary treats. If started early, children can lay the foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles with the help of Dr. Rigby and his team.

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Prosthodontics or General Dentistry – What’s The Difference?

If you are looking for a quality cosmetic dentist in Bee Cave, Dr. Rigby provides advanced dental care from dental implants to full mouth reconstructions. Sometimes dentistry can feel overwhelming by all the strange terminology being thrown around, and just like most other medical fields, dentists also have different specialties that require extra training and studies for specific health needs. Dr. Rigby provides the Hill Country area with comprehensive general dental care and he specializes in prosthodontics.

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What Should I Look For When Choosing a Dentist?

This is a very common question we get here at Rigby Advanced Dental in Bee Cave, TX.  No matter your age, your profession, or how busy your schedule might be, finding a good dentist is one of the most important things you can do. It can also be a struggle. So, how can you get started? What should you keep in mind as you look for a dentist for yourself and your family? Here are five things to consider.

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What To Do If A Child Knocks A Tooth Out On Accident

Here at Rigby Advanced Dental in Bee Cave, TX we believe in being prepared for any dental emergency whether it is in our dental office or out.  One of the most common dental emergencies we see for children is an loose or knocked out tooth.  Here are a few pointers to help you in the important triaging and handling of the situation.

When your child has a dental emergency, it can be quite stressful – not only for your child, but also for you.  Some dental emergencies, such as a tooth knocked out, can produce quite a bit of blood, which can quickly send you into panic mode. Being prepared for the unexpected is your best defense. Knowing how to handle your child’s dental emergency will make the ordeal less stressful for both of you.

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Another Dental Implant Placed in Bee Cave, TX

Another wonderful dental implant was placed at Rigby Advanced Dental this week in Bee Cave, TX.  With Dr. Rigby’s extensive training in dental implant surgery and prosthetics we enjoy being able to offer these services to our patients in and around Austin, TX.  Both the patient and Dr. Rigby were pleased with the outcome and look forward to completing the treatment soon.

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A Little About Rigby Advanced Dental

Welcome to Rigby Advanced Dental’s blog.  Here is a quick video we recently filmed to introduce and explain a little about our office to the fine residents of Bee Cave, Lakeway, Barton Creek, Dripping Springs and other areas of Lake Travis, TX.  Our office is located in The Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave, TX.  Check it out and let us know what you think.

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