iM3 Catalogue - Australia - Flipbook - Page 26
iM3 - The Veterinary Dental Company
iM3 Wedge Dental Sharpening Stone
Arkansas sharpening stone.
Size: 100 mm (4’’) x 35 mm (1 1/4’’)
The wedge sharpening stone has a flat surface with
a radius on either side.
Instruments should be kept sharp and true to their original design. Dental
procedures are most effective when using sharp instruments because they reduce
fatigue, improve deposit removal, save time and improve tactile sensitivity.
When to Sharpen?
Repeated use of an instrument wears away minute particles of metal from the
blade causing the cutting edge to take on a rounded shape resulting in a dull,
When a blade is dull, the clinician loses the ability to ‘feel’ the sharp edge ‘grabbing’
onto a surface. It may then seem that the blade is ‘sliding’ over the surface or
deposit which causes the clinician to work harder to remove deposits. For best
results, instruments should be sharpened lightly after each use.
Stone Care - After each use, stones should be wiped with a clean cloth to remove metal particles.
Alternate the areas used for sharpening to prevent ‘grooving’ in the stone.
Stone Lubrication - Stones may be lubricated with oil, water or used dry.
iM3 MD-30 Oil can
be used to lubricate
Cat. No MD30
Sharpening Elevators and Luxators
These are sharpened on the flat surface of the stone. The elevator is held in the hand with the index finger just behind the tip. Look for the cutting
surface on the winged elevator end and place it flat against the stone at the same angle (indicated below). In the case of the winged elevators
pictured below, the angle is about 45 degrees.
The winged elevator tip
is placed flat against the
The picture shows the angle
of the instrument against the
Hold the elevator still, in position against the stone. While maintaining the angle, move the stone upward, repeating the process 2-3 times. This
will sharpen the cutting edge of the instrument.
The same process applies to luxators and straight elevators.