Sharper Tools Mean Greater Efficiency
Instruments are essential to any dental procedure, and the sharper they are, the better. Proper sharpening techniques not only make for longer-lasting instruments, they enable quicker patient turnover due to more efficient hygiene procedures. Do your practices measure up?
For your 6-month prophylaxis appointments, it’s recommended you sharpen your instruments at least once a week. For your scaling and root planing procedures, sharpen your instruments before each procedure. Manual stones are easier because they are portable and can be used anywhere in the office. Automatic sharpeners require a power source, which limits when and where you can use them.
The average office should order new instruments at least once a year. A good rule of thumb is to have enough procedure setups for a half-day’s patients. This number can be determined by averaging the number of procedures per day over several weeks. If your practice doesn’t have a good supply of instruments, invest in more setups to improve your efficiency.
The most unbiased and universal way to check if an instrument is sharp would be to use a test stick. Each hygienist uses different pressures when scaling teeth; thus, basing instrument sharpness on pressure applied isn’t an objective test.
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PureLife carries every instrument needed for your hygiene procedures. The Montana Jack scaler and Wingrove Titanium Implant Instruments are unique additions to any dental office. The ultra-light Montana Jack is a hybrid universal scaler that can be used for the entire mouth. The Wingrove Titanium Implant Instruments boast solid medical-grade titanium that won’t scratch implants.