Rick Pascoe DDS, MS - Delivering excellence in dental care!
Almost all of us learned in school how to sharpen dental instruments with an Arkansas or some other very fine grained dental sharpening stone. Sharpening was painfully slow but the sharpeners did the job because we had very few instruments to sharpen. That all changed when I got into practice and I suspect it did for you too.
In the first few years of my career I worked for a government agency. I treated many individuals that hadn’t had a prophy in decades. Needless to say, I found that my instruments got dull very quickly, usually long before I completed one quadrant of scaling. My old Arkansas stone just wasn’t doing the job. This led me on a path to find a better dental instrument sharpener, one that sharpened fast and one that could be sterilized. Sterilizing the sharpening stone allowed me to sharpen chair-side. Chair-side sharpening eliminated the large pile of dull instruments I had to face at the end of the day.
I thought about the properties I wanted in a dental instrument sharpener. I thought about the grit and the hardness of the sharpening stone. I thought about user friendly angles and grooves that would simplify sharpening and that would reduce sharpening errors. With the helpful input of some very fine engineers, I developed the Gold Edge Sharpener, and founded New Edge Technologies LLC. Over thirty years of clinical experience has led to innovative dental product designs that transcend the laboratory to the operatory.
True Edge Dental LLC is the retail division of New Edge Technologies LLC - a second generation dental instrument company focusing on instruments for the dental office and the sharpening of dental scalers, curettes, and surgical instruments. I founded the company with the dentist and hygienist in mind.
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