Townie® Poll

Instrumentation

Poll conducted from 7/21/2006 To 9/7/2006

Which instruments do you prefer?
651 total votes
33%
a. Graceys
60%
b. Universals
8%
c. Something else
Which do you use more?
551 total votes
50%
a. Curettes
50%
b. Scalers
How many instruments do you have in a typical set-up?
554 total votes
15%
a. Less than five
62%
b. Five to seven
20%
c. Eight to 10
3%
d. More than 10
When learning instrumentation in hygiene school, did you have the opportunity to try different handle sizes?
549 total votes
37%
a. Yes
63%
b. No
When learning instrumentation in hygiene school, did you have the opportunity to try different brands of instruments?
553 total votes
31%
a. Yes
69%
b. No
Do you use cassettes for your instruments?
553 total votes
38%
a. Yes
62%
b. No
Do you use periodontal files?
549 total votes
23%
a. Yes
46%
b. No
31%
c. Never tried them
Do you use “mini” curette designs?
545 total votes
48%
a. Yes
36%
b. No
16%
c. Never tried them
Do you use the “after-five” curette designs?
547 total votes
55%
a. Yes
32%
b. No
13%
c. Never tried them
Do you use diamond-coated instruments?
548 total votes
17%
a. Yes
45%
b. No
38%
c. Never tried them
What is your current instrument of choice for dental implants?
551 total votes
88%
a. Plastic curette
3%
b. Stainless-steel curette
1%
c. Gold curette
3%
d. Titanium-coated curette
4%
e. I don't use instruments on dental implants
Do you use “spoon excavator” type instruments?
544 total votes
14%
a. Yes
53%
b. No
33%
c. Never tried them
Do you use magnification for instrumentation?
539 total votes
41%
a. Yes
59%
b. No
Do you use an additional light source for instrumentation?
545 total votes
11%
a. Yes
89%
b. No
Were you taught “wrist rocking” in school?
546 total votes
5%
a. Yes, and it led to carpel tunnel problems
38%
b. Yes, and I still do wrist rock
30%
c. Yes, and I don’t follow that approach
27%
d. No, it was never taught at my school
Do you sharpen instruments chairside?
548 total votes
45%
a. Yes
55%
b. No
How do you sharpen?
547 total votes
41%
a. Arkansas stone
31%
b. Ceramic stone
12%
c. Sharpening guide
16%
d. Sharpening machine
Do you use magnification for instrument sharpening?
551 total votes
23%
a. Yes
77%
b. No
Do you use re-tipped instruments?
551 total votes
10%
a. Yes, most of my instruments are re-tipped
14%
b. Yes, some of my instruments are re-tipped
26%
c. I tried re-tipped instruments and I don’t like them
50%
d. Never tried re-tipping

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