Sharpening scalers and curettes - Aftercare and maintenance
Sharpening scalers and curettes
By using scalers and curettes, it is necessary to regularly sharpen them. In this way they are sharp enough to ensure optimal operation. You can sharpen scalers and curettes using a grindstone and oil. After grinding the instrument, the residual oil should be wiped with a tissue. The test strip is meant to check whether you have sharpened the scaler and curette properly. Then the scalers and curettes go into the thermodisinfector and, if desired, into the autoclave.
A Oil, sharpening stone and test stick; B scalers and curettes; C the SideKick
There are also devices available with which you can sharpen these instruments. Then treat the scalers and curettes identically as if they were handled manually.
Maintenance of this device, for example the SideKick, is that the grindstone can be cleaned with a damp tissue (water and soap or with an alcohol wipe).
The stone can be used in the thermodisinfector or sterilizer. The grindstone can be replaced. There is a standard ceramic stone and a rough arkansas stone.
Furthermore, the SideKick needs no maintenance, only replace the batteries if they are empty.