NOTE: Using a mounted stone, the instrument is held in a palm and thumb grasp, with
the inner concave surface facing upward, and the tip toward the dental specialist.
The stone is made to revolve slowly in the handpiece. Place the slowly revolving
stone against the inner surface of the junction of the blade and the shank and
draw it slowly toward the tip until it passes off the scaler. Both lateral edges will
be sharpened simultaneously.
Figure 1-6. Mounted sharpening stones.
Figure 1-7. Sharpening an instrument using a mounted stone.
Section II. THE BASIC ORAL EXAMINATION
THE ORAL EXAMINATION DIAGNOSIS SERVICE
The oral examination and diagnosis service of a dental clinic usually sees the
patient first, either for initial dental examination or for expedient or emergency treatment.
Since radiographs are needed for most examinations to make an accurate diagnosis, the
oral examination and diagnosis and radiographic services are often combined. The oral
diagnostician in developing treatment plans will often consult dental officers in the other
dental specialties and medical officers in certain medical specialties. He may use the
medical laboratory and the medical radiographic section for pathological, bacteriological,
cytological, or other medical diagnostic methods to develop the best treatment plan.