You’re only as good as your tools

Where would you be without your dental instruments? Every dental professional will rely daily on their dental instruments to examine, operate on, treat, clean and restore teeth and their surrounding oral structures. A dental surgery relies on instruments of all shapes, sizes and functions and it’s paramount that the instruments used are crafted only using the highest-quality materials, that any blades remain ultra-sharp and that they offer strength, ease of use and reliability.

Meeting patients’ needs

Whilst ultrasonic scalers may be the instrument of choice as a primary debridement tool, hand instruments still have a crucial role to play in the majority of oral health treatment, including periodontal therapy. Considered just as effective as ultrasonic scaling, manual scaling can have an advantage when removing minor accumulations of plaque and for cleaning demineralised areas of teeth prone to cavities.

Removing plaque and calculus are major factors in halting the progression of periodontal disease and are why periodontal instruments have been specifically designed to achieve this goal. There are a range of instruments for the removal of supra- and subgingival calculus deposits including chisels and curettes that have a wide blade making them suitable for the removal of granulation tissue and fibrous interdental tissue.

A sharp tool for every job

Different surgical procedures including endodontics, implantology, orthodontics and oral surgery are all technique-sensitive and rely on a wide variety of hand instruments to meet the surgical treatment plan needs of every patient. Hand instruments are available in a selection of handle choices and finishes including highly polished stainless steel, titanium coating or diamond-like black carbon coating which maintains a sharper edge far longer than stainless steel.

Many modern hand instruments require no specific maintenance other than routine and effective cleaning. However, one of the most common problems that all dental professionals come up against in surgery are blunt instruments requiring more specific maintenance than simply cleaning. Hand instruments such as probes, chisels, carvers, scalers and excavators are all needed for precise work but can quickly become blunt and ineffective.

Sharp hand instruments promote precision, reduce operator fatigue and speed up treatment times. If you find your instruments are not ‘grabbing and biting’ as easily and seem to require more hand pressure for efficacy in your procedures, then it’s probably time to check your instrument’s sharpness. Bevels, pits and excess metal deposits are the fundamental reasons why some instruments seem to dull faster than others.

With the rise in reported cases of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and repetitive strain injuries, sharper instruments allow clinicians to apply less pressure to remove stubborn deposits, thus decreasing the symptoms and side-effects of tired hands and wrists.

Giving you the edge

Ultimately the sharpness of hand instruments comes down to the quality of their manufacture. Hartzell instruments are the sharpest around with no rough edges or bevels and maintain their edge after many uses thanks to the micro-grain structure of the stainless steel used in their construction. Hartzell’s special heat-treating process ensures that once sharpened, the instrument will maintain sharpness longer than most other instruments out there. Our goal is to make sure the working edges of all our instruments help you to perform high-quality and efficient dentistry.

To find out more about Hartzell instruments contact DenMat UK today on 0844 775 0779, email or visit