Keep Up with the Latest Dental Advancements while Going Green
Dentistry, like other medical professions, has witnessed significant progress in the past few decades. These advancements have made dental exams and procedures more comfortable and effective for both dentists and patients.
Dental Vacuum Systems
Older dental vacuums used substantial amounts of fresh water to remove saliva and debris during procedures, leading to higher costs for dental offices. Additionally, the risk of bacterial growth and infection was higher with the older “wet” vacuum systems. Newer “dry” vacuum systems now reduce water consumption, provide better suction efficiency, are easier to clean, occupy less floor space, and minimize infection risks for patients.
Dental exam chairs have evolved over time to provide greater comfort for patients and improved productivity for dental professionals.
Effective sterilization of dental instruments is crucial for maintaining a clean and safe dental practice. Innovations in autoclaves for sterilizing dental tools have been developed, aiming to make the process more modern and compact.
X-Ray Films and Machines
Many dental clinics have transitioned to digital x-rays due to their advantages, including easier enlargement and enhancement, electronic transfer, and reduced radiation exposure for both practitioners and patients. However, proper disposal of older x-ray equipment is essential to accommodate the new technology. Certain hazardous compounds may be present in outdated x-ray machines, necessitating careful disposal to avoid sanctions from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Disposing of x-ray films presents challenges, as the silver emulsion in these films is combustible and reactive. Therefore, expert recycling businesses specialized in this service must handle the retrieval of silver emulsion. Additionally, x-rays must be disposed of following federal and state regulations to maintain the confidentiality of medical records, as breaching confidentiality can lead to fines and severe consequences. Luckily for you, DTG Recycle provides secure and responsible x-ray film recycling.
Other Handled Dental Equipment
DTG Recycle also handles various other types of medical equipment important to dental offices, such as diagnostic equipment, surgical tools, medical device recalls, and anesthesia units.