The Technology of UV Disinfection in the Dental Industry

What is UV Sterilization?

Ultraviolet (UV) is a light that is used to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them inactive and at no risk of causing damage.

Will UV sterilization work at my clinic?

UV light has been used to sanitize air, surfaces and equipment. It has been used for centuries. Through the years the technology behind them has improved significantly. The lightbulbs have a longer life, are a smaller size and can be used for a wider range of products.

Is UV sterilization effective?

When it comes to UV sterilization, not all are created equal. UV has a range of electromagnetic waves. For UV sterilization the waves must be between 100-280nm, this will kill all dangerous microorganisms when used properly.

How long does it take for the UV light to break down the bacteria?

There are a few factors at play when it comes to length of time and effectiveness of breaking down microorganisms with a UV light. If you were to hold a UV light directly about, about 1 inch, above a surface it would only take about 1-2 minutes to see results. If you were putting dental equipment in a UV light chamber the sterilization process would likely take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes.

What are the pros to using UV light sterilization?

UV light is easy to use and you don’t have to worry about using chemicals, that means no risk of chemicals being spilled or exposed to someone’s body parts such as eyes which can be very dangerous. UV light will kill all kinds of microorganisms.

What are the cons of UV sterilization?

If not used properly, UV light can be dangerous. It is important to make sure you are not directly exposed to UV light. The other con to UV light sterilization is that the object or surface that you are sterilizing must have direct contact with the light. If there is something blocking it, it will not do a proper job of breaking down all microorganisms.

Overall, sterilization by UV light is a good option for your clinic. Once the initial investment is made UV light products will last a long time. It is important that everyone understands how to use the tool and it is used correctly and safely. Overall, UV light products are highly efficient, cost-effective, low maintenance and chemical free.

If you have any questions about the UV sterilization process or our products, contact our knowledgeable team at or call 800-847-3160.