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Curette sharpening can be a challenge, but with the right tools you’ll get superior results.
Sharpening the toe of the curette has always been a difficult maneuver, evidenced by the number of curettes that have been sharpened to a point. Check your instruments and see if I’m right or not. If I’m not, you must be commended because you are certainly in the minority.
Sharpening the toe with a conventional flat hand stone is tricky. As you…Continue
Dental floss has long been the standard for inter-proximal plaque control. We stress the importance of its use to our patients and they all embrace it. From that day forward they are flossing every day without fail. No further discussion of it is ever needed, right? For any of you that find this to be true you need read no further.…Continue
First, think of a scaling stroke. Where is the major direction of force on the blade of that instrument? Logic tells me it is perpendicular to the face of the blade. (Picture 1) Think about what happens when you sharpen…Continue
Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on August 12, 2015 at 6:22pm — No Comments
Since mechanical scaling devices came into being in the mid 1950’s there has been a debate over what to use. To this day, there are offices that strictly use hand instrumentation. There are offices that have almost no hand instruments at all, and in the middle, are the majority of offices that use both.
I must admit, I’m mostly a hand instrument guy. I was trained in that era. For me, I truly feel I can scale and…Continue
What are wire edges? They are tiny projections of metal on the edge of a sharpened surface of a dental instrument. In a nut shell, I feel wire edges are meaningless.
When sharpening dental instruments, metal is drawn in the direction of the sharpening stroke. When sharpening the side of the instrument, functional wire edges are created. They are parallel to the cutting stroke (Fig. 1). Many feel that these wire edges are truly…Continue
Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on July 16, 2015 at 2:02pm — No Comments
The branch of maxillofacial surgery is surgical treatment involving diagnosis, and treatment with medication and operations. The surgery treats conditions related to mouth, neck, jaws and face. This also look over disorders like neck cancers, salivary gland diseases, facial disproportion, facial pain, impacted teeth, cysts and jaw tumors also with other disorders of the oral mucosa such as mouth ulcers and…Continue
Added by Allyson James on July 16, 2015 at 2:13am — No Comments
Many dental and periodontal offices, in an attempt to contain costs and to be environmentally responsible, opt for re-tipping their scalers and curettes. However, like anything else, do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
There are many disadvantages to re-tipping and the dental instrument manufacturing companies are quick to point them out. I must say they do have several valid points.
When an instrument is re-tipped…Continue
Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on July 9, 2015 at 12:23pm — No Comments
We have talked about the sharpening aids built into the dental instrument sharpeners from New Edge Technologies. We’ve also discussed the importance of the set up position for the instrument’s face (see previous blog). Now, let us move to another important point, the sharpening stroke.
It’s one thing to position the sharpener so the sharpening stroke angle is proper; it’s another to keep it that way. The set up is easy. Align the…Continue
Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on June 12, 2015 at 12:04pm — No Comments
HOW SMOOTH DO THEY NEED TO BE?
I often asked myself the question regarding root planing, “How smooth do they (the roots) need to be?” I’ve never had a good answer. I asked others the same question and their answers weren’t any better than mine.
I don’t remember ever reading a study that looked into this. There are hundreds of articles that espouse the need for smooth roots but they never answer the question of how smooth they need to be?
I have a few other questions I…Continue
Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on May 12, 2015 at 12:50pm — No Comments
If you are interested in doubling the number of new patients you get in a month this will be the most important message you will ever read.
There is a bottleneck in your practice that is preventing people from becoming your patients. These people are actively looking for dental services. They are predisposed to accepting treatment plans. Yet, at the moment when it counts the most, they are unable to get an appointment with you.
Added by Dr. Gregory Hughes on May 11, 2015 at 5:11pm — No Comments
Sodium Dental has been repairing Kodak x-ray sensors for dentists and clinics all around the world for over 4 years now. Repairing several thousand Kodak sensors over the years has taught us that…Continue
Added by Jacob Scheiterlein on May 4, 2015 at 1:01pm — No Comments
In my last blog I made the case for simplifying your scaling and root planing set-ups by keeping the number of hand instruments you use to a minimum. The minimum number of instruments to use is a personal choice. Some of you may feel you can’t get by with fewer than six or seven instruments while others may be able to get the job done with as few as two or three. Obviously, I’m not advocating compromising quality of care. I am advocating the…Continue
Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on May 1, 2015 at 9:03am — No Comments
My career as a periodontist spanned many years. I was involved in education for a time and was director of a hospital based residency program for two years. I was in private practice for over 30 years. I was surprised to learn that today the average dental practice spends $50,000/yr. on supplies, including hand instruments. This is according to an ADA survey done…Continue
Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on April 28, 2015 at 1:52pm — No Comments
Dental assisting is a wide open gateway into the medical profession. A dental assistant has the opportunity to work with different clients every single day – from the elderly to little first graders. They can even pursue further professional opportunities like dental hygiene or practical nursing.
The job outlook for dental assistants for the next few years is…Continue
I’ve talked a lot about the benefits of keeping your scalers and curettes sharp. So, how do we know when they’re sharp? Well, it’s very easy and doesn’t require anything more than a good light source. The best light source to use is within arms reach, your operatory light. You can get rid of your acrylic test sticks which don’t really work very well anyway. You simply don’t need them.
Take a look at a drawing of a sharp dental instrument…Continue
Let’s face it, lots has changed in marketing over the past 15 years. In 2000 the internet was still new and people were just starting to realize what it meant to “be on the web”. Now most of our patients are connected and have 24 hour access through smart phones. This has changed how people use and gather information, and how they make their purchasing decisions. The new frontier of marketing needs to consider this new consumer behavior. The days of buying a yellow page ad, open a clinic,…Continue
Added by Joseph Aquilina on April 2, 2015 at 8:26pm — No Comments
Whenever I ask a group “who likes to sharpen instruments?” no one raises a hand. I doubt that surprises you. When I then ask “who likes to scale and root plane with sharp instruments?” all hands go up. I fully agree with both answers.
I have gone so far as to say sharpening can be enjoyable. I said that in a blog no so long ago and got a response (I suspect sarcastic) “yea right”. What I really meant to say was using…Continue
Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on March 27, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
When was the last time you made a reservation for dinner or a hotel? Did you call the establishment directly? Did you use an online service like OpenTable or Travelocity? People are increasingly looking to get 24 hour access to your schedule and want to book their appointment even when your office is closed. Chances are they’ll keep looking until…Continue
Added by Joseph Aquilina on March 26, 2015 at 11:28pm — No Comments
Living in Southern California has its advantages. One of them is that I’m close to the California Dental Association’s (CDA) bi-annual meetings. The CDA holds two meeting each year. Like every state’s association meetings, these are always great events to refresh, reconnect, and for me, a great way to see what’s new. Last year at the CDA they had almost 100 new products or companies showing for the first time at the CDA meeting in San Francisco. This year at the Anaheim meeting they show 75…Continue
Added by Joseph Aquilina on March 23, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments