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Periodontal currettes are dental instruments used primarily in the prophylactic and periodontal care of human teeth. The working tips come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they are rounded at the tip, so as to make subgingival cleansing less traumatic to the gingiva. Scalers possess a sharp tip to access supragingival calculus in tight embrasure spaces, thus making the currette the choice instrument for subgingival areas of calculus accumulation.
Additional recommended knowledge
Currettes are best used when the terminal shank, namely, the last portion of the handle attached to the blade, is held parallel to the long axis of the tooth. To facilitate proper usage, instruments often come with posterior analogs which possess angled terminal shanks.
Classically, there are two recognized groups of currettes.
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