Benefits of Working with Properly Sharpened Instruments Greater Tactile Sensitivity Better Control Reduce Procedure Time Improve Patient Comfort Reduce Stain and Fatigue on You Properly Sharpened Instruments Last Longer Reduce Burnished Calculus
Burnished Calculus Directly Impacts Periodontal Health “When I see thin, flat, burnished calculus at the CEJ with the endoscope, there is always inflammation and ulceration of the pocket wall opposite the calculus, as well as bleeding on probing.” Anna Pattison, RDH, MS. “Burnished Calculus at the CEJ”. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, August 2011, page 74
How Often do I REALLY Need to Sharpen? Every dental hygiene school, every dental hygiene textbook, every thought leader all agree…instruments should be sharpened after every patient. Everyone does that…right?
How Do You Know When Your Instrument Needs to be Sharpened?
When do you Sharpen Your Instruments? “When I have a cancellation.” “The doctor also doesn't feel that an opening on the hygiene schedule should be used to sharpen instruments (he wants the hygienist working on "recalls" to fill the appt. book) --he feels this should be done on "my time" or between appts. (there is actually no time between appts., therefore, sharpening is done very sporadically.)" “I bring them home to sharpen.”
Do You Share instrument Set-ups with Other Hygienists?
What is the Biggest Challenge to Sharing Instruments? “No one else sharpens, or if they do they don't do it well.” “Others ruin the cutting edge when sharpening” “Others don't sharpen, I'm the only one that does.” “Someone who does not sharpen correctly or often enough.” “Everyone sharpens differently, not always the 'right' way“ “finding time to sharpen regularly” “none, we have the Nordent sharpener and it is really easy.” TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 45 minute adult appointments... need I say more ? 72.6% reported a problem with sharpening.
Let’s Summarize… There is no time to sharpen during the patient appointment. If I have a cancellation, the dentist wants me to do something other than sharpening (recalls). I’m concerned I’m going to ruin the instrument. We have multiple hygienists with different sharpening results. I have to sharpen the instruments for everyone. It’s the task no one wants to do, so we put it off.
Ok…It’s Really Important and It’s a Big Problem…So What Do We Do? Establish a regular in-office, sharpening schedule Utilize a professional sharpening service Use a combination of both
In-Office Sharpening Must have a realistic, regular schedule Color code your set-ups to use the “Kit per Day” system Manual sharpening with multiple hygienists Each hygienist sharpens own instruments One hygienist sharpens all shared kits Automated Sharpeners
Periostar® 3000 Miltex Rx Honing Machine® sidekick® Hu Friedy
To Hand Sharpen Your Instruments You Will Need... A Sharpening Stone Arkansas India Ceramic Lubricating Fluid A Firm Working Surface Good Lighting A Relaxed Attitude!
Instrument Tip Anatomy Blade Face Lateral Surface Terminal Shank Blade Heel Blade Tip
Stationary Instrument, Movable Stone 1.Inside blade face is held parallel to the floor. 2.Approach the instrument blade with the stone at the 12:00 position (90˚). 3.Angle the stone back to the 1:00 position (105˚).
Move Back from the Table Position the Instrument in your Lap Forearms Parallel to the Floor Look Directly Down on the Instrument Blade Face Free-hand Sharpening Position
Utilize a Table Edge for Stability Hand and forearm rest on the table top. Instrument handle is braced against the table edge. Angle the instrument toward you for easier access and better visibility. Grasp the stone from along the bottom to utilize both the front and back surfaces of the sharpening stone. Position yourself near a corner for additional access.
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