Diamond burs are used in many different dental procedures and applications. There is a huge variety of types and sizes to choose from. Some have straight shanks that attach to a handpiece while others have a long, flexible shank. There are also a wide range of materials, shapes and grits to select from. This bewildering array of options can make it difficult to know exactly which diamond burs are appropriate for a particular situation or procedure.
One type of diamond bur that is gaining popularity in dentistry is the sintered diamond bur. Sintered diamond burs have a metallic binder that provides them with a number of unique benefits over traditional dental burs.
The metal binder in a sintered diamond bur helps the tool stay cool while cutting, reducing the risk of heat damage to the tooth and the surrounding tissue. These tools also tend to have a longer life than traditional dental burs.
Another benefit of these sintered diamond burs is that they can cut through hard teeth at a faster rate. This can help dentists complete more procedures in a shorter amount of time, which is beneficial to both patients and the dental practice. In addition, the increased accuracy of these tools may result in fewer complications and quicker healing times for patients.
However, there are a few things that dentists should keep in mind about using sintered diamond burs. First, they should know that the abrasiveness of these burs can wear off with use. Because of this, it is important to regularly dress the bur with an aluminum oxide stick in order to expose new abrasive surfaces and extend its life. It is also important to lubricate the bur during use to prevent overheating and excessive wear.
In addition to this, dentists should be aware that a small percentage of black marks can appear on the workpiece when using these sintered diamond burs. These marks are due to the metal bonding used in the manufacturing process. This is not an indication of contamination or damage to the ceramic, but rather a side-effect of the way the sintered diamonds are formed and will typically disappear with continued use.
Ultimately, these sintered diamond burs are a priority gemstone carver’s investment as they provide consistent performance throughout the bur’s lifetime. For this reason, it is important to properly maintain them by occasionally reshaping the head with a diamond re-shaping block and lubricating with 412 Slick Lube. This will help ensure the highest level of performance and durability for each tool.
If you are looking for a high-performance and long-lasting rotary diamond tool, these sintered diamond burs from SUVA can be a great choice. They are available in a variety of head sizes and grits for shaping and carving glass, stone, porcelain, bone, metals and other lapidary materials. These burs are also a great choice for grinding, polishing and pre-forming in glass, opals and other minerals. These high-quality sintered diamond tools are a superior alternative to standard plated or electroplated abrasive points.