Are Your Instruments Staying Sharp?

Are Your Instruments Staying Sharp?


One of the most common questions I hear from dental professionals is, “How long will my instruments last?” Seems like a complicated question, but it really isn’t. Every patient, every tooth is different. We can feel when our instrument is getting dull. But do we catch ourselves occasionally, just gradually, applying more pressure to get through? When an instrument is dull, you have to apply more pressure. So, it is harder on your body and harder on your patient. An instrument without a sharp edge can burnish calculus instead of taking it all off. Would you like to apply less pressure and be more efficient? Save your hand? So, the real question we should be asking is, “When is our instrument beginning to dull?” How about a quick check to re-calibrate on a Ping Ring™? The PDT Ping Ring works just like any other standard test stick, except it’s much easier to hold and it’s less likely to slip as you’re testing. To use it, simply apply your instruments at the same angle you adapt to a tooth. If it slide across or slightly
scrapes the surface of the ring, your instrument will likely burnish calculus when you use
it during a normal procedure. In these cases, you’ll need to resharpen your instrument or, if the instrument you’re using can’t be resharpened, you will need to recycle it and replace it. When an instrument cuts into the Ping Ring and you hear the “ping,” you know you have a health cutting edge for both you and your patient. By using the Ping Ring to test your
instruments at the first sign of dullness, you can quickly hone the edge using your PDT Gleason Guide™. Sharp in seconds, you’ll be able to spend less time resharpening and your instrument’s will have a much longer effective life. In addition, your hands will feel better, your procedures will be much more efficient, and you will know that you have gotten all of that calculus. For more information, please go to PDTdental.com to see all of our terrific products, and thank you so much for your support, and I hope you have a fabulous day.

Author: Kevin Mason

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