Perfect Stroke – Dental Instrument Sharpening
We have talked about the sharpening aids built into the dental instrument sharpeners from New Edge Technologies. We’ve also discussed the importance of the set up position for the instrument’s face (see previous blog). Now, let us move to another important point, the sharpening stroke.
It’s one thing to position the sharpener so the sharpening stroke angle is proper; it’s another to keep it that way. The set up is easy. Align the top of the sharpener parallel with the work surface top. In the picture below, you can see that the work surface, face of the blade, and top of the sharpener are all parallel. You must keep them that way during sharpening. You must keep the sharpener at that angle through the entire sharpening stroke.
There are a few tips that can help you accomplish this. First, keep the sharpening stroke short. The longer the stroke the more there is a tendency to move the sharpener away from parallel. Second, when you are watching what you are doing, watch the angled top of the sharpener more than you watch what is being sharpened. Watching the top of the sharpener will help you keep it properly positioned. Third, it’s not a race. You should be very deliberate with your sharpening stroke. Take things a little slow, you will have more control over what you are doing.
With a little practice it will all become second nature. You will become more efficient with your sharpening, along with increasing your instrument’s useful lives. You will also be working with sharper instruments that stay sharp longer. If you are a hygienist, this will make your job easier!