Make Your Own Sickle Scaler

Curette Sharpened To Sickle Scaler I like to keep it simple. I don’t use sickle scalers. I can’t remember the last time I used one, especially in a posterior area. I used a universal curette, a University of California 5/6 (virtually the same as the Columbia 4R/4L)* and the ever so versatile Gracey 13/14. Actually,…

Dental Industry Truth or Hyperbole?

Dental Industry Truth, Hyperbole, and Responsible Publishing There is an old saying in the academic world, “publish or perish”. There is a much more current saying in the tech world, “garbage in, garbage out”. They both are true and, unfortunately, pertain to much of our “academic” literature. When I ponder this, two things come to…

Curettes That Never Need Sharpening???

Never Sharpen Curettes and Scalers – Too Good To Be True? I’m sure you have heard the claim from some instrument manufactures that they now can produce scalers and curettes that never need sharpening. When you take a moment to think about this is it possibly true? I tend to doubt it. Come on, a…

Improve Dental Patient Care And Your Bottom Line

Over the years I have emphasized the importance of using sharp scalers and curettes. With sharp instruments you scale and root plane better, you work faster, you are more efficient, and your procedure is more comfortable for you and dental patient care improves. I’ve talked indirectly about the economic benefit of using sharp instruments. One…