When Is It Time to Replace Instruments?
- If the instruments are not rotated back to the same operatory or same hygienist, you may be sharpening the other hygienists instruments along with yours. Also if the other hygienists are not sharpening their instruments on a regular basis, then it does require a significant reduction in metal to get an extremely dull instrument sharp.
- Some of the older metals may have dulled slightly during the sterilizing process, but I don''t think that is the case as your instruments are fairly new.
- Green burs sharpen instruments quickly and can reduce the working end much quicker than hand held stones if too much pressure is applied. However it sounds like you are aware of your technique and keep the pressure to a minimum.
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