Dr Mark HassedNot a very sexy title for today's post but a very important one if you are interested in  working efficiently.

I'm constantly amazed at how dentists keep burs in a drawer and, every time they want to do a procedure, they go through and pick out those they will need one by one.

Apart from being quite unhygienic it's a waste of time and effort.

A much better way is to have all the burs you need arranged in a standard way in a bur block. The nurse simply puts one of your standard blocks in front of you and you are ready to go.

In my seminar, The Art of Efficient Dentistry (Melbourne 13 February and Sydney 5 March), I show you the seven burs that I use to cover 99% of what I do and the handful of speciality burs that I keep in the drawer for occasional use.

And by the way, if you get your systems really nailed down you never need to touch a bur again. The team should be able to place and change the burs according to the procedure you are doing.

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