Improve the efficiency of you instruments and the healing of your patients!
The correct sharpening of nonsurgical periodontal instruments is essential for effective dental procedures. Incorrect sharpening can modify the instrument blade and jeopardize safe treatment, and continued use of a dull instrument can lead to inadequate treatment, partial removal of calculus deposits, and compromised healing. This will test your understanding of key concepts to ensure restoration of the fine cutting edge as well as maintenance of the original design of the instrument. Optimal sharpening techniques for each instrument are detailed in step-by-step color illustrations throughout.
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Last reviewed: January 1, 2015
Expires: January 1, 2018
- Advantages of appropriately sharpened nonsurgical periodontal instruments.
- When to sharpen nonsurgical periodontal instruments.
- Types of stones used to sharpen nonsurgical periodontal instruments.
- Different sharpening angles and techniques associated with universal curets, area-specific curets, and scalers.
- Sharpening errors that can result in inadequate and unsafe patient treatment, and reduced ability of the operator to perform the work.
Table of Contents
- WHY SHARPEN?
The purpose of instrument sharpening
Advantages of a well sharpened instrument
Disadvantages of a dull instrument
Goals of instrument sharpening
Rationale for manual sharpening
- WHEN SHARPEN?
Maintaining sterility while sharpening during treatment
- SHARPENING MATERIALS
Degree of abrasiveness
Tool for evaluating sharpness
- ANATOMY OF NONSURGICAL PERIODONTAL INSTRUMENTS
General features of periodontal instruments
Standard instruments and rigid instruments
Classification of nonsurgical periodontal instruments
The minimal nonsurgical periodontal instrument kit
- SHARPENING ERRORS
- CORRECT SHARPENING TECHNIQUES