Three Things to Consider When Purchasing a Dental Bur Set
When you purchase an athletic shoe, there’s much more to consider than the latest bargain. Each type is carefully crafted to serve a specific purpose, whether it’s the solid cleats of soccer shoes or the streamlined forward momentum that comes from precision running shoes. Likewise, each dental bur has a shape, material and type that makes it a perfect instrument for specific types of dental procedures.
A quality dental bur set is one of the most important purchases your dental practice will make. Advanced technology has made a wide variety of types, sizes, grits, and shapes of burs easily available. To help you decide which one is right for you, there are three important points you should consider:
1. What is the primary focus of your dental or orthodontic practice?
Let’s say you found a terrific deal on golf shoes. That’s wonderful—unless you’re hoping to use them for tennis lessons. If you try to use your shoes for something they aren’t designed for, you’ll end up paying money for something that offers little value.
Use this same logic when considering a bur set for your practice. Do you concentrate on cosmetic dentistry or do you specialize in root canal treatment? Your most common procedures will dictate the type of burs you use. Burs for preparing teeth for fillings cut deeper and wider. By comparison, straight-bladed burs cut smoothly, they may also cut slower when used with harder materials. By contrast, crosscut burs cut faster.
Take a look at your most common cases. What type of burs worked best in each situation?
2. What shape and material would work best for you?
Burs come in a variety of shapes: pear, round, inverted cone and straight fissure. Each shape fulfills a certain purpose: pointed burs are vital for precise cutting, while rounded burs would work best for removing large amounts of tooth decay. Sometimes, the cut of a bur can reduce handpiece vibrations, resulting in more streamlined precision.
There is also a wide variety of materials to select from, such as gold diamond and dental carbide burs. Be sure the ones you select align with your practice’s focus.
3. Do you want to use disposable or multiple use burs?
There is extensive debate over whether disposable or multiple use burs are best, and each one has its own set of benefits.
Multiple use burs are designed to be sterilized between patients in an autoclave, and they last several cycles. While these burs may cost more upfront, in the long run, they represent a more economical investment for your practice.
Single use burs are disposed after each use and therefore present a reduced risk for cross-contamination between patients.
You should have all members of your health care team involved in the decision of which one to choose.
The best burs for your business
Another main consideration when purchasing a bur set is preference. Have you used a type before that produced great results? Perhaps the dentist prefers a certain type of bur material. Understanding what your health care team prefers is vital to ensuring consistently high standards in patient care.
At Diatech, we stand behind every handcrafted tool that leaves our facility. Not sure where to begin your search for the best bur set for your practice? Contact us. We’ll be glad to help you find what you need and have the items shipped directly to you—with no middleman involved.
At Diatech, we manufacture superior and innovative products for the dental industry… for the dentist, dental hygienist, dental assistant, orthodontist, endodontist and lab technician. We stand behind our promise of uncompromised quality and the best in competitive pricing.