- Handle Options
- The Cislak Way
Scalers have a sharp pointed tip unlike curettes which have a round toe.
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We can customize any Cislak instrument. If the combination of tip(s), handle, or shank is not available online please contact us to place your custom order!
The most common questions we get from customers about elevators and luxating type elevators are how the instruments should fit in their hand, and what handle and shank size they need. Because the size of the instrument makes a big difference to ergonomics, comfort, technique, and the safety of the patient, it is important to know what handle and shank size fit you best.
How should dental elevators and luxating elevators fit?
With the end of the instrument’s handle resting in the center of your palm, your index finger should be able to comfortably reach the end of the tip.....read more
A thick, ergonomic, light-weight handle that offers a very comfortable grip for most users.
Cislak prophy instruments have 3 different handle choices:
Featherweight XL (Most Popular)
A ergonomical, light-weight and slightly larger handle that offers a very comfortable grip for most users.
These handles are made with colourful soft silicone grips combined with durable stainless steel and are fully autoclavable.
CS108, EV3,RTH5, CS112
A thinner and heavier handle option.
Cislak Manufacturing is the source for quality crafted dental hand instruments for the veterinarian. All Cislak instruments are made of the highest quality materials in the USA or Europe (the only exceptions are noted). Cislak’s instruments are all hand checked so they meet their exacting standards and have a life time warranty. Cislak has worked with a number of veterinary dental specialists to develop a line of instruments with specific veterinary needs in mind. Knowing the importance of being able to hold the instrument correctly, Cislak offers multiple handle choices to suit all customers.
Cislak instruments also come with the added benefit of the ability to be re-tipped because they are manufactured in such a way that the handle and shank can be separated. Customers can then save the handles of any damaged or worn instruments and send them to Serona for re-tipping, rather than replacing them with new instruments at a higher cost.
Cislak’s warranty covers all of their instruments for 100% of all material failure and workmanship defects. Material failure is defined as any defect, pitting or corroding or breakage due to a fault in the steel or handle of an instrument. Any instrument found to have these types of defects will be repaired or replaced.
Cislak’s warranty does not cover instruments that break due to over or improper use, improper cleaning or sterilization (sterilizing with bad water or the wrong temperature), dropped instruments, improper sharpening or normal wear and tear.
Sharpening Scalers & Curettes
Dull scalers and curettes are unable to thoroughly remove the calculus from the teeth, and instead, just glide across the surface of the tooth. Excess force is not only bad for the patient, but can contribute to serious hand, wrist, neck, shoulder, and back pain for the practitioner. Sharp instruments on the other hand save time, improve cutting ability, increase tactile sensitivity, reduce fatigue, and the list goes on…read more on our Dental Instrument Sharpening 101 blog post. To correctly sharpen scalers and curettes, it is important that you are able to identify them and their differences.
Scalers have a sharp triangular tip and blades on both sides. Because scalers have the sharp triangular tip, they can cause damage to the gingiva and should not be used below the gum line (subgingivally).
Curettes are designed with a rounded tip and at least one edge that is not sharp for safely removing calculus subgingivally. They are also commonly used supragingivally due to the fact that they come in many shapes and angles designed for specific tooth surfaces and areas in the mouth. There are two types of curettes.
Universal curettes have two sharp edges making them more “universal” and easier to use.
Gracey’s have only one sharp edge, leaving two dull edges that are safe against the soft tissue. This makes the Gracey less versatile, but more efficient at removing subgingival calculus.
When purchasing new scalers and curettes it can be very helpful to use identification tape or rings (link to instrument id collection) to easily differentiate between scalers, and universal and gracey curettes. Instrument ID systems will not only save you time while sharpening, but also during your dental procedures.
Serona carries a number of different sharpening products, the most popular being our Serona Sharpening Kit which provides everything you need to start sharpening all of your dental instruments.