How to Choose Clinical Dental Equipment

  • Martin R. Fulford
  • Nikolai R. Stankiewicz
Part of the BDJ Clinician’s Guides book series (BDJCG)


Instruments used in primary dental care need to be fit for purpose. This includes the ability to be reprocessed adequately where they are not single use. This is essential if patient-to-patient transmission of infection is to be avoided. Although a wide range of disposable dental hand instruments and even handpieces are available, for most dental practices, the cost of this option is not financially viable. Therefore, a careful choice must be made about which instruments will be purchased as single use and which will be reusable.

Further Reading

  1. BS EN ISO 11607-1:2006. Packaging for terminally sterilised medical devices. Requirements for materials, sterile barrier systems and packaging systems. 2006.Google Scholar
  2. Directive 93/68/EEC [CE Marking].
  3. ISO 17664:2017. Processing of healthcare products—information to be provided by the medical device manufacturer for the processing of medical devices.Google Scholar
  4. Medical Devices Directive Council Directive 93/42/EEC.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin R. Fulford
    • 1
  • Nikolai R. Stankiewicz
    • 2
  1. 1.WedmoreUK
  2. 2.East LydfordUK

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