The current recommendation for when to replace a scaler is when 20% of the instrument blade width or length is reduced or no longer the original design. But how long it takes for each instrument to reach this threshold is dependent on several factors. Deb (Hume) Brown, RDH, shares some of these factors and how a failure to replace instruments can affect the clinician and the patient.
Just like your hand scalers, ultrasonic insert tips wear with use. Worn insert tips can significantly diminish your scaling efficiency: 1 millimeter of tip loss results in a 25% loss of efficiency 2 millimeters of tip loss results in a 50% loss of efficiency Think […]
Similar to carbide and diamond burs, dental instruments present many unique combinations of shapes, sizes, applications and materials. Because of this, we knew we could create a better search experience on pattersondental.com by creating faceted search pages for instruments or, simply, the “dental instrument finder.” […]