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Instrument Sharpening

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.

Instrument Sharpening

How to know what to order? If you don’t have a copy of the textbook then choose the book and test option. Does a friend already have the book or do you? Then just order a test that can be delivered either via email or mailed as a hard copy.  All tests can be taken online or via our mail option.

Instrument Sharpening

Instrument Sharpening
(book and test) Traditional Hardcopy

3 hours    $45.00

Get Sharp
(book only)

$20.00

Instrument Sharpening
(test only)

3 hours    $25.00

Last reviewed: January 1, 2015
Expires: January 1, 2018

Instrument Sharpening

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Instrument Sharpening

Course Objectives

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  1. Advantages of appropriately sharpened nonsurgical periodontal instruments.
  2. When to sharpen nonsurgical periodontal instruments.
  3. Types of stones used to sharpen nonsurgical periodontal instruments.
  4. Different sharpening angles and techniques associated with universal curets, area-specific curets, and scalers.
  5. Sharpening errors that can result in inadequate and unsafe patient treatment, and reduced ability of the operator to perform the work.

Instrument Sharpening

Table of Contents

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  • 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
    Armamentarium
    Sharpening stones
    Origin
    Shape
    Degree of abrasiveness
    Lubricants
    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
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