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Pre-sterilized, disposable burs guarantee a fresh cut every time, with no risk of cross-contamination
Burs and polishers in Microcopy's expansive product portfolio are also DPS Best Products thanks to their high quality, versatility, and single-patient-use design
What does it take to be a good dentist? Scratch that, what does it take to be a damn good dentist?
Arguably, the most important step is to make sure you have the right tools in hand to set yourself up for success. For the past few decades, Microcopy has been on a mission to do just that, manufacturing high-quality and reliable burs and polishers that countless dentists depend on day in and day out—whether it’s during a preparation, crown adjustment, or final polishing.
NeoDiamond: A Bur to Be Reckoned With
Over the years, virtually every bur and polisher in Microcopy's portfolio, including the 30-year-young NeoDiamond, has been deemed a DPS Best Product by multiple teams of Damn Good Dentists. “I have been using NeoDiamond burs for so long that I have been able to forget how the diamond particles used to fly off the 'Brand X' burs as I was using them,” joked Dr. Sylvia Irwin.
NeoDiamond single-patient-use burs are gamma-sterilized and individually wrapped to minimize contamination. The burs also have 20% more diamond exposure and cut with smooth and sharp margins. “When I use the NeoDiamond brand, I know that I will be able to complete my entire crown prep, and possibly several others if it is a multiunit case, with just one bur,” shared Dr. Irwin
“I have been using NeoDiamond burs for so long that I have been able to forget how the diamond particles used to fly off the 'Brand X' burs as I was using them.”
- Syliva Irwin, DMD; Nutley, NJ
While some dental professionals remain skeptical that a bur designed for a single use will be as strong and durable as its multiuse counterpart, that hasn’t been a concern for Dr. Irwin.
“When I use NeoDiamond, I don’t see the diamond particles flying off the bur. The tip of the bur remains sharp and the diamond encrusted throughout,” she noted. “With other brands, this is frequently not the case, and it is sometimes difficult to prepare even one crown with a single bur.”
This has proved to Dr. Irwin that the cutting ends of other manufacturers’ burs just don’t work as well as NeoDiamond. Their diamond particles are often depleted before the preparation is complete, which makes creating crown margins difficult.
“NeoDiamonds remain intact and sharp throughout the procedure, so the patient does not experience the discomfort that results from the use of a dull bur,” shared Dr. Irwin. “It also saves me time and money.”
During crown procedures, Dr. Irwin also enjoys using Micro-copy’s Proxi-Chek, a double-sided interproximal articulation film, to check if the proximal contacts of the crown are too tight. It is easy to use, economical, and a great timesaver, according to Dr. Irwin.
“Proxi-Chek provides a very clear and clean indication of where the crown contact is too tight, enabling reduction of only the area of the contact that is binding,” said Dr. Irwin.
NeoBurr 5572 — Unparalleled Strength
Featuring proprietary blended-neck technology, Microcopy’s NeoBurr 5572 provides a fast, smooth, chatter-free experience. Reinforced for strength, its single-piece construction eliminates the weld point of a traditional bur neck, which is typically the weakest part of the bur.
Dr. Bradley Dykstra used to feel the familiar frustration when his burs would suddenly break at the neck. This has become a problem of the past since he switched to NeoBurr 5572. “I know these burs are dependable and I do not have to worry about them breaking,” he shared.
Dr. Chester Klos agreed and said that in the past, he experienced “breakage of the cutting end from the shank." Microcopy solved this problem “by creating a product that is one material, eliminating the weld joint, which was the weak link," he added.
During third-party testing, the 5772 carbide was shown to be up to 70% stronger than competing burs, even when it comes into contact with restorative materials like metal. One dentist, Dr. Albert Clark, was so curious as to how much pressure the NeoBurr 5572 could withstand that he purposely attempted to break one with excessive force and torque. His experiment proved that the bur is highly durable. “The cut is smoother and requires less pressure than other burs we are using," he said.
A Simple Way to Keep Patients Safe
At a time when patients are more closely examining the instruments and materials used during treatment, relying on single-patient-use burs and polishers is a simple way to show patients that their safety is your top priority.
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Pre-sterilized, disposable burs guarantee a fresh cut every time, with no risk of cross-contamination
No matter what job you have or in what industry, it never hurts to keep an eye out for ways to do it better. In dentistry, that often means keeping an open mind and being willing to try different types of products that have been proven to solve problems by clinicians just like yourself. A great example of this would be to look at the many benefits of incorporating single-patient-use (SPU) burs into your workflow.
“I made the switch to Microcopy burs because I became interested in a disposable, single-patient-use diamond that would retain its cutting edge throughout my procedure,” explained Dr. Shalom Mehler, who discovered the value of disposable burs after using Microcopy. “I realized disposable burs could save my staff time in sterilization and allow me to remain on the ‘cutting edge’ throughout the procedure.”
- Shalom Mehler, DMD
For 50 years, Microcopy has been dedicated to creating innovative products for efficient, safe, and simple dentistry. Today, the company enjoys a dedicated and growing following of doctors they call “Damn Good Dentists,” clinicians who have committed themselves to patient safety and superior care.
Increasing Patient Comfort During Challenging Times
The benefits of SPU burs are plenty. Along with the fact that these instruments guarantee a fresh cut and superior hardness every time, they are individually packaged, so there is no risk of cross-contamination. This is a key benefit in today’s post-COVID era, when every practice is striving for the highest level of infection control possible.
“While dentists have always been at the forefront of infection control, the pandemic has forced us to take it to yet another level that must be visible to the patient,” said Dr. Mehler, adding that, COVID aside, he also treats a number of dentist-phobic individuals. “Using Microcopy disposable burs has allowed me to treat these patients in a quicker manner, which reduces stress levels all around.”
John Horn, DMD, noted that opening a fresh, brand-new bur in front of his patients can leave a positive psychological impact. “Some patients have enough dental anxiety without worrying about whether their dentist’s equipment is sterile,” he said. “Disposable burs just look a whole lot better than burs that have been sterilized multiple times."
A FAST-CUTTING, SINGLE-PATIENT-USE BUR FOR EVERY PROCEDURE
Featuring advanced Triton bonding technology that allows bur tips to cut crisp, clear margins, NeoDiamond’s performance is comparable to more expensive multiuse diamonds, minus the fear of cross-contamination between patients or the hassle of sterilizing after every use.
Designed to cut smoothly at a consistent depth, NeoDiamond Z-Class diamond burs easily reduce zirconia restorations and achieve a smooth, esthetic finish. The diamond burs do not leave deep striations in the adjusted surface, so polishing becomes quick and efficient.
NeoBurr carbides provide a fast, smooth, chatter-free experience. In addition to more blade contact for an ideal cutting ability without clogging up the blades, most Microcopy carbides are designed with blended neck technology for high strength and durability.
Brag much? Don’t mind if we do!
NeoDiamond earned yet another DPS Best Product award for the Z-Class line.
Are YOU using these burs yet? The awards speak for themselves. Read the full evaluation here: https://www.dentalproductshopper.com/evaluation/NeoDiamond-z-class-adjusters.
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In the US, parents are widely encouraged to bring their little ones in for their first dentist appointment within six months of the first tooth breaking through. With central incisors typically appearing anywhere from 6 - 12 months of age, closely followed by lateral incisors and first molars, children are usually very young the first time they meet their dentists. So how can we ensure our littlest patients feel comfortable?
The Rise of Dentophobia
Unfortunately, making young patients feel at ease in the chair isn’t always easy, and dentophobia — a fear of dentists — is on the rise. According to a report titled ‘Children’s Perceptions of Their Dentists’, published in the European Journal of Dentistry, around 11% of children surveyed said they don’t like dentist appointments, and an additional 12% claimed to be afraid. Overall, it appears that as much as 16% of the school age population have a fear of dentists, so what can we do to help them handle these necessary appointments better?
Below are 4 ways that dentists can help children feel comfortable at their first appointment:
1. Do a Practice Run
A popular method used by specialist pediatric dentists is to keep a small doll, teddy, or action figure nearby to use as a ‘practice run’ model. Before asking a child to take a seat in the chair, get them settled with mom and dad (or whoever has brought them to the appointment) and place the doll in the chair. Explain to the child that you’re going to do a practice run with the doll so that they can better understand what will happen during their appointment. This can help to settle nerves and create calm.
2. Show, Don’t Tell
The European Journal of Dentistry report found that the appearance of some common dental tools and equipment, including dental burs, can enhance anxiety in young patients. This is because children can see them, but don’t understand what they do. Some children may even make up uses for the tools in their head, and we all know how logical children are. A dentist can become a torturer in seconds! In order to help children feel at ease, it’s a good idea to briefly go through the tools that you’ll use, showing kids how they are used (and letting them hear any sounds), rather than telling them.
3. Be Professional
Did you know that your own appearance can make a big difference in how children feel during their appointment? Remarkably, 90% of the children surveyed in the European Journal of Dentistry study said they would prefer their dentist to wear a white coat; an item of clothing that children will have come to associate with helping and healing throughout pediatric doctor appointments. So, while it’s important to be friendly and welcoming to young patients, it’s also important to remain professional at all times.
4. Give Mom & Dad Homework
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of a child’s first dentist appointment is making sure they don’t feel alone, and they know they have support in maintaining a happy, healthy mouth. A great tip to ensure that children know this is to give mom and dad (or their guardian) homework — a small guide on helping their child to brush their teeth that they should read up on back home. Getting adults involved is essential, and adult help and supervision when brushing should be in place until children are around 7.
Don’t Sweat It
The truth is that it’s not just dentists who are responsible for helping children feel comfortable at their appointments; a significant portion of the work lies with the parents, and it’s not always easy for moms and dads to settle these nerves in their little ones. If you find that you have a patient who isn’t quite comfortable, don’t sweat it. The most important thing at first appointments is simply getting children accustomed to visiting the dentist… thorough checks and treatments can come along a little later.