Townie® Poll

How long, considering your actual usage in the office, do you expect a quality diamond bur to last?

Poll conducted from 7/7/2003 To 8/6/2003

How long, considering your actual usage in the office, do you expect a quality diamond bur to last?
698 total votes
8%
1 procedure
20%
2 procedures
30%
3 procedures
42%
4 plus procedures
What kind of sterilization do you use for diamond burs?
471 total votes
78%
Steam Autoclave
3%
Dry Heat Oven
7%
Chemical Vapor
0%
ETO (Ethylene Oxide)
12%
Cold Sterilization
Do you use disposable diamond burs?
479 total votes
14%
Yes, only disposable diamond burs
38%
Yes, but also non disposable diamond burs
28%
I have tried but do not use disposable diamond burs
20%
I have never tried disposable diamonds
When do you introduce a new technique kit of burs in your office?
463 total votes
27%
After a course - hands on
7%
After being advised by a friend
12%
After reading an article in a magazine
2%
When impressed by an ad
6%
After reading the message boards on www.DentalTown.com
46%
I do not change my technique easily. I need time to decide.
Do you prefer to buy a complete kit system and refills or always individual burs for a specific technique?
473 total votes
5%
I prefer complete systems
73%
I prefer individual burs
22%
I buy either one
What system is your first choice for composite polishing?
461 total votes
30%
Disk system (e.g. Soflex, Shofu)
41%
Silicone system (POGO, Shofu)
30%
I use both systems equally
Do you make use lab stones in your dental office?
466 total votes
73%
Yes
27%
No
Is the recommended speed (rpm) a concern when using a bur or you do not care?
470 total votes
13%
I check the manufacturer recommended speed before using the bur for the first time
26%
I am concerned when I notice something wrong with the bur
61%
I really do not care about it.
When removing old amalgams or composites, what type of bur do you use?
472 total votes
13%
Diamonds
64%
Carbides
23%
Both
Do you prefer diamonds or carbide burs for cavity preparations?
473 total votes
22%
Diamonds
62%
Carbides
16%
Both
When finishing composites, do you use a diamond or carbide finishing instrument?
474 total votes
31%
Diamonds
37%
Carbides
32%
Both
Do you use different instruments for different types of composite?
463 total votes
35%
Yes
65%
No
What grit diamond do you feel cuts the more efficiently when completing a crown preparation?
473 total votes
15%
Medium
58%
Coarse
27%
Super Coarse
What carbide shape do you most use when performing a cavity preparation? F)
464 total votes
5%
6 (round shape)
5%
331/2 (inverted cone shape)
34%
330 (pear shape)
35%
557 (flat end)
10%
1557 (round end)
12%
Other
How many times do you typically autoclave your carbide and diamond instruments?
466 total votes
14%
Never
8%
Once
24%
1 – 2 times
27%
3 – 4 times
28%
many many times
What is your most common complaint about carbide burs?
459 total votes
42%
Breakage
48%
Cutting rate
9%
Price
2%
Selection
Do you feel that diamond and carbide products are as important to the overall quality and longevity of a cavity or crown preparation as the other products that are involved (impression material, composite or porcelain material, etc)?
466 total votes
61%
Yes
39%
No
With the importance placed upon minimally invasive dentistry, do you feel that the bur manufacturers offer a good selection of burs to prepare teeth for these minimally invasive dental procedures?
468 total votes
82%
Yes
18%
No

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