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Don’t Get Burned

Don’t Get Burned – Keys to Avoid and Remove Burnished Calculus

This presentation will discuss the causes of burnishing including the most common hand and ultrasonic instrumentation errors. It will describe how to avoid burnishing tenacious calculus by using the sharpest instruments, applying firm pressure for thorough removal strokes instead of shaving strokes and selecting beveled tips and adequate power for ultrasonic scaling. The best hand instruments, ultrasonic tips and techniques for detection and removal of burnished calculus will be identified with practical tips on how to achieve optimal treatment outcomes.

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