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Are you like hundreds of other hygienists who either don't like to sharpen or simply can't find time to sharpen all of your instruments at least once a week as we should? The American Eagle XP Technology hand instruments may be right up your alley; they do not require re-sharpening for the life of the instrument. Hard to believe, isn't it? These instruments are fabricated with a patented surface engineering process to make that possible. According to American Eagle, XP instruments are in a class all their own with razor-sharp edges that stay sharp longer than any other carbon or stainless steel instruments available on the market.
The secret to XP Technology is in the treatment of the stainless steel during a cryogenic heat treat process. Using the highest quality stainless steel, American Eagle impregnates it to a depth of 4 microns with carbon for "super" hardness and titanium for flexibility, transforming it into a titanium nitride alloy. Since the XP needs no re-sharpening it comes out of the package thinner than stainless steel instruments, which have more bulk to allow for needed re-sharpening.
A slight modification in technique is required when using the XP line of scalers; however, this is a modification you will appreciate! Unlike stainless steel instruments, the XP requires a feather-light stroke with a light extended grasp. Very light lateral pressure against the tooth is all that is required, reducing wear and tear on your hand and wrist.
These instruments are so sharp they provide enhanced tactile sensitivity and, according to the manufacturer, fewer strokes and much less pressure are needed to scale away the deposits, saving time and energy. Old, worn out, dull or too thin instruments are often found on the hygiene tray. Our doctors would never use an old, worn out, dull bur to prep a tooth, yet we seem to hang on to our instruments way past their life span. According to Angie Stone, RDH, a consultant, "Worn out instruments cost practices money and have no place in hygiene treatment protocols." Angie goes on to list the benefits of high quality, sharp instruments:1
I'm sure you'll agree that clinical dental hygiene is a mentally and physically demanding profession. Wouldn't it be nice if you could focus on your patients' needs and not worry about whether your instruments are sharp or so thin they might break? With sharp instruments comes the satisfaction of knowing, at the end of the day, you did a great job without the hand, wrist, arm, and neck pain using dull instruments can cause.
According to the manufacturer, XP Technology curettes and scalers have been used by clinicians all over the world and have received rave reviews for tactile sensitivity, handle size/diameter, operator comfort, blade sharpness/thickness, and their sharpen-free claim.
Visit www.am-eagle.com for more information about the XP technology.
Let me know what you think of your XP and the Hammer Head. Email me at email@example.com with your comments. RDH
KIM MILLER, RDH, BSDH, is the co-founder of PerioFrogz.com, an information-based website providing free current oral-systemic research summaries and patient education downloads. Kim is also a coach with Inspired Hygiene, delivering customized hands-on training. She speaks internationally, writes writes articles and webinars, and enjoys clinical dental hygiene. Kim lives in Arizona and welcomes you to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(1) Angie Stone, RDH, BS, Consultant; Are your instruments working for you or are you working for them? Sally McKenzie's e-Management newsletter, May 2008 Issue #322