Dental Lab Sharpening Stones
Sharpening/ Dressing Stones
Sharpening Stones also known as whetstones;The word “whetstone” is derived from the word “whet” which means to sharpen. They are a type of stone used to sharpen knives. Sharpening stones include water stones (whetstones used with water) and oil stones (whetstones used with oil).
There are 4 main types of sharpening stones.
1. Oil stone used for sharpening knives and tools. They are man-made stones having abrasive particles bound together with a bonding agent. You need oil to lubricate the stone before sharpening it.
2. Diamond sharpening stones—The fastest-growing type of sharpening stone and quickly become the preferred stone for many chefs and professionals. Diamond stones are made of man-made diamonds electroplated onto a metal plate. The diamond particles are embedded into nickel plating which gives them their expected durability. Harden than all other abrasives
3. Different colors and sizes that are available:
Natural sharpening stones can be used dry or wet, but wet is recommended. Water, water-based honing oil pr petroleum-based honing oil keep the ores of the stone clean, dissipates frictional heat, and ensure smooth sharpening action.
4. Only a fine-grit stone is suitable for the final sharpening of dental instruments to be used for tooth preparation. Coarse and medium grits may be used for initial reshaping of a badly damaged instrument or for sharpening other dental equipment such as bench knives.
Why do we sharpen dental instruments?
Because sharp instruments are used for scaling and root planning because they are more efficient at removing hard deposits such as calculus from the teeth.
1. After using the sharpening stone, what should we do with them?
2. Rinse thoroughly. Put the stone in running water to rinse it. This way, you can get rid of any leftover debris or metal fillings on the stone. Rinse for about a minute or two to be sure it is thoroughly clean. Use a paper towel or clean dry cloth to finish cleaning.
3. They are ideal for sharpening dental instruments and equipment such as blades, burs, carvers and more! Sharpening stones are available in multiple sizes, grits.
4. Adjust to minimum speed.
5. Touch the stones softly.
6. Using water will be better.
7. Suitable for any diamond, sintered burs applications.