Instrument Care


STEP ONE:

Following clinical use, all instruments must be thoroughly rinsed with water to remove all residue prior to instrument processing.

STEP TWO:

Instruments should be placed into an ultrasonic bath for a period of 20-30 minutes according to manufacturer guidelines to ensure complete instrument cleaning.

Note: Ultrasonic Solution should be changed daily or when the solution appears to be visibly soiled.

STEP THREE:

All instruments must be rinsed with water and completely dried before autoclaving. All stainless-steel instruments should be placed in separate sterilization pouches and not to be mixed with any carbide instruments during instrument processing.
NOTE: Only demineralized water should be used in autoclave equipment according to autoclave manufacturer instructions.

  • All stainless-steel instruments must be cleaned and thoroughly dried prior to sterilization.
  • We recommend using only a non-corrosive detergent.
  • Abrasive brushes or materials should not be used to clean instruments.

FRINGS® MAINTENANCE & CARE 

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

STAINLESS STEEL INSTRUMENTS

We use many different types of stainless steels in the production of instruments dependent upon the design and application of the instrument. All stainless steels have a high nickel and chromium content to maximize corrosion resistance but will corrode and discolor when subjected to high concentrations of certain chemicals.

Do Not expose stainless steel dental instruments to the following chemicals. These chemicals 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 hand instruments.

Do Not use sodium chloride solution to clean the instruments.

Never exceed temperatures 350º F / 177º C as this will have an adverse effect on the temper of the steel.

TITANIUM NITRIDE COATED INSTRUMENTS

Titanium coatings are 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 5 minutes after use by wiping the blade with alcohol on a 2×2 gauze. Composite materials or residue can harden on the blade and affect the quality of future restorations. Composite residue left to harden on the blade can not 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 hinge instruments should be allowed to thoroughly dry in an open position after ultrasonic and manual cleaning procedures. We recommend that you only use lubricants such as surgical milk specifically formulated for dental and surgical instruments and follow manufacturer's instructions for applications.
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