The Pro Thin™ Advantage

Posted on July 12, 2017

As a Dental Hygienist, I’ve always wished for a thinner instrument design.  There have been some frustrating cases where I knew a thinner blade would be the answer to getting that last bit of calculus. Recently, I’ve had experience with the new XP® Technology Pro Thin™ line introduced by American Eagle Instruments, and they are my new go-to instruments for more than just perio.   

Having already been a sharpen-free XP aficionado, I was excited to try the new Pro Thin line, and it has quickly become my preferred set of instruments for all clinical applications. The thinner working ends of the Barnhart 5-6 curette, the M23, and Blackjack™ Pro Thin scalers are perfect for use with both pedo and adult prophy patients, who still have intact papillae and shallow sulci. 

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The thinner working end of the Gracey Access 1-2, 7-8, 15-16 and 13-14 Pro Thin curettes adapt superbly to complex root anatomy, including furcations, line angles and root flutings.  These are perfect for use during either Periodontal Maintenance or Scaling and Root Planing Procedures.

Unfortunately, stainless steel instruments with thinner working ends have not lasted after minimal sharpening, making them practically disposable. American Eagle Instruments solved this dilemma by manufacturing the instruments in sharpen-free XP Technology, and the unique metallurgy of sharpen-free XP Technology instruments allowed for development of the Pro-Thin line.  The XP Technology process allows fabrication of a thinner, harder and more durable instrument, which will maintain a factory sharp edge without resharpening over the life of the instrument. 

Recently I completed SRP on a patient using my standard XP scalers and Double Graceys.  After exploring, I quickly realized I needed a thinner instrument with a longer shank and a shorter blade for distal access between a second and third maxillary molar. My Pro Thin line kit came to the rescue. The Gracey Access 13-14 Pro Thin design allowed for optimal access into this location compared to the full size instrument.

In addition, I discovered the shorter working blade of the Gracey Access 1-2 Pro Thin was ideal for supra-gingival scaling on the lingual of a mandibular lateral that was sitting between two severely overlapped neighboring teeth.  The standard Gracey was too wide, but the Gracey Pro-Thin was just right.

To top it off, the sharpen-free XP Pro Thin line, with 3 Universals and 4 thinned Gracey Access curettes can be conveniently stored in a single cassette, ready to use whenever needed. With XP Pro Thin Line sets, you will never need to panic and wonder if you have a sharp set of SRP instruments available.

As is true with all sharpen free XP Technology, a light shaving stroke is used to remove calculus, versus the heavier stroke used to typically pop off calculus with stainless steel instruments, making the XP scaling experience more comfortable for both you and your patient.

I am looking forward to a long, sharpen-free life with the Pro Thin line, and I will be adding more Pro Thin sets to my armamentarium. I urge you to take the sharpen-free XP Technology Pro Thin Challenge.  By using the best, you can perform at your best!  

By: DeeAnne Ashcroft, BSDH, MPH