Sharpening Periodontal Instruments

A History and Update of Fluoride Dentifrices
Introduction

Periodontal scalers and curettes require frequent maintenance in the form of sharpening in order to keep them in optimal working order. It is axiomatic that clinicians recognize when an instrument requires sharpening in order to be effective. The clinician must differentiate between the various instrument designs, such as sickle scalers, universal curettes and Gracey curettes, as they all require different sharpening techniques. Similarly, an understanding of the various types of sharpening stones (with different characteristics) is essential for sharpening each instrument design in a specialized way. This continuing education course provides a review of this topic and takes a start to finish look at sharpening.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • The author reports no conflicts of interest associated with this course.

Disclaimer: Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice. Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

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