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Gracey curette tips

I know most people have there favorite instruments that they use most often. I do not routinely use Graceys. I am used to posterior universal curettes. When I do need to pick up a Gracey for a deeper pocket that my universal cannot access I feel like I am not adapting it correctly for some reason. I know the cutting edge is already angled for you so it should be easy but for some reason when I use one I feel like the non cutting edge side is scrapping the gingival side of the pocket. I make sure I am using the correct working end before activating my stroke so I am not sure what I am doing wrong. More practice with it maybe? Any suggestions?



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Is there one area specific curette in particular that are having trouble with? I know when I first started in hygiene school I had the hardest time with the 13/14 but I don’t have any problems now. Maybe it is just because you are not using them that often?

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I hate the 17/18. I have the hardest time using it. Maybe have another hygienist look at your angulation. And from what I was taught in school, with an area specific you are going to have curretage if the right working end is not used.

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Yes I would enlist the help of another hygienist, also you can try your adaptation on a saliva ejector (or sharpening stick), you will be able to see the adaptation and feel the tug as the working edge is engaged. If this helps do it repeatedly with your eyes closed to get the feel without seeing it. Then I would start on a patient in the quadrant or area of the mouth that is the easiest for you to work. Love my area specific instruments!

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Eagle has a wonderful universal instrument that has a longer neck and shaped more like a gracey. It has the option of an ever edge and adapts just about anywhere.
I used it at my last office and can’t remember the number of it…It had a yellow handle and the blade was gold.

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Okay, I looked up that instrument I was talking about. I believe it is the American Eagle Langer 1 XP QT.

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I love the gracey 11/12. I use it on every pt. The blade scales the buccal and lingual smoothly with the tip slightly angled to the gingival margin. Interproximal keep the blade against the surface and the handle vertical to the pocket. Don’t be intimidated….you’ll be great with practice!

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Check into the gracey mini curets or are they called after 5?….. The blade is shorter to access the pockets without much tissue trauma.

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