Bur blocks

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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.

2 thoughts on “Bur blocks

    davidmoffet said:
    February 2, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Great practical advice here Mark.

    This is a great idea and a very logical process.
    Having multiple identical bur stands with your regularly used burs on them.
    One stand per tray/patient.

    I used to have a block with my six or seven high speed burs, cutter, and stones.
    And another block with all my slow speed round burs.
    For each patient.

    I see practices where they have a hundred burs out, but once the first three patients are seen, the key burs are gone for the day and so the remaining burs are just “taking up space”.

    And of course other practices like you said Mark with drawers full of dishes of burs, that take an eon to select from.

      Dr Mark Hassed responded:
      February 2, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      The thing that most dentists don’t seem to realise is that time is the most important commodity they have. Anything you do to save time has to be worth it.

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