Diamond burrs are a type of rotary tool used to grind, smooth or shape materials such as glass, metal, stone and ceramic. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate any material or procedure you may be working with.
Whether you are using diamond burrs for stone carving, grinding or pre-forming or to prepare a tooth for crown placement, the right type of bur is important to the outcome of your work. The best choice will depend on what you are trying to accomplish, the patient’s specific needs and your level of expertise. There are a number of factors to consider when selecting a diamond bur, including:
It is also important to keep in mind that diamond burs wear faster than carbide burs, so they will need to be changed frequently. This wear is influenced by many factors, such as sterilization and disinfection procedures, storage conditions, time in use, and abrasiveness of the material being cut.1
This is especially true when the diamond bur is being used to cut hard, tough or brittle materials. In these cases, it is often necessary to use a lower speed, or even stop the procedure and apply pressure by hand in order to avoid overheating and cracking the tip of the bur.
In addition to the abrasiveness of the materials being cut, the quality of the diamonds on your bur can also affect how long it will last. The best diamond burs are made from a sintered matrix, and feature multiple diamond layers on both the top and bottom of the bur to create a sharp cutting edge for the entire life of the instrument. It is also recommended to occasionally reshape your sintered diamond burs on a diamond re-shaping block or with a Dremel re-shaping tool, in order to expose new diamond surfaces and maintain optimum performance for the lifetime of the bur.
When it comes to choosing the ideal diamond burs for your practice, look no further than Kerr Dental’s two unique lines. Both the NTI and BluWhite Diamonds are in compliance with ISO certification standards, and have been designed to maximize cutting efficiency. The NTI line features a patented bonding technology that minimizes clogging by strategically positioning the diamond surface to expose more of the diamond grit for maximum cutting action.
Both the NTI and BluWhite Diamonds have several basic abrasive grits, ranging from ultra fine to super coarse. Each of these diamond burs has been designed to provide the best possible results in a clinical setting, helping you save valuable chair time and improve your patient’s experience in the treatment room.
With the right dental burs in your toolbox, you can be sure that you are providing patients with the best possible care. Choosing the perfect diamond bur will help you streamline your procedures and deliver superior results that benefit your patients, as well as your bottom line.