What is a Dental Bur Used For? An Expert's Guide to Dental Cutters

Dental burrs are essential tools in any dentist's toolkit. Learn about different types of dental burrs and how to choose the right one for your needs.

What is a Dental Bur Used For? An Expert's Guide to Dental Cutters

Dental cutters are tools used to cut hard tissue, teeth, or bones. They are made of materials such as steel, stainless steel, tungsten carbide, and diamond grain. There is a wide range of dental cutters available in any dental catalog, but for basic veterinary use only a few are necessary. Diamond cutters are the most efficient and precise option for cutting, and are necessary when a cut requires extreme accuracy. Diamond cutters with a finer grain allow for greater polishing and are more suitable for precise work than for extracting large pieces of material.

Long-shank, straight-edge dental cutters, also known as HP cutters, are mainly used in dental laboratories with low-speed handpieces. These cutters are manufactured with a stainless steel body bonded with diamond powder and come in several grain sizes. The side of the head and the size of the grain determine what type of procedures the cutter can be used for.

Diamond cutters

can crush hard tissue (such as enamel) and bones. Being made of one of the hardest materials in the world, they are ideal for cutting harder materials that other cutters cannot handle, such as zirconia and lithium disilicate (check out our Magic Touch line if you work with this type of material).

Dental diamond cutters are often used to cut zirconia or grind porcelain when shaping and placing crowns or veneers. They can also be used to polish tooth structures to obtain a proper fit for crowns or veneers. The wide range of forms of dental cutters available can make it difficult to decide which one is right for you. The different flute angles create different cutting characteristics, making each cutter appropriate for a particular task. Surgical cutters (prepared for cavities) have wide and deep grooves to allow more aggressive cutting of the enamel.

These cutters usually have a straight blade or a cross section. Trimming and finishing cutters will have more blades closer together and much shallower, making them perfect for fine finishing and polishing. The most commonly used cutter head shapes are round, pear-shaped, cylindrical, inverted cone and with conical fissures with cross-section. As an expert in the field of dentistry, I highly recommend that you take the time to research the different types of dental burrs available before making your purchase. It is important to understand the purpose of each type of burr so that you can make an informed decision about which one is best suited for your needs.

Additionally, it is important to consider the quality of the burr you choose as this will affect its performance. When selecting a dental burr, it is important to consider its size, shape, flute angle, and grain size. The size should be appropriate for the job at hand; too small or too large will not provide optimal results. The shape should be chosen based on the type of procedure being performed; round burrs are best suited for general cutting while pear-shaped burrs are better suited for trimming and finishing. The flute angle should be chosen based on the material being worked on; steeper angles provide more aggressive cutting while shallower angles provide more precise results.

Finally, the grain size should be chosen based on the desired finish; finer grains provide smoother finishes while coarser grains provide more aggressive cutting. In conclusion, dental burrs are essential tools in any dentist's toolkit. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes, flute angles, and grain sizes so it is important to understand their purpose before making your purchase. With proper research and selection you can ensure that you have the right tool for any job.