Carbide Burs: Surgical Burs, HP/FG Burs, Finishing Burs etc

In modern dentistry, success of treatment not solely depends on the skills of the practitioner but also on the armamentarium and dental materials used, whether it is consumables, disposables, materials, instruments or the dental set up. Different types of materials and instruments when used wisely not only provide the desired outcome, but also bring the satisfaction and comfort of the patient. Talking about the rotary instruments and cutting tools, quality of hand piece, air rotor, and the burs plays a pivotal role. Burs play a crucial role during the procedure, different types of burs are available in market, and one of them is tungsten carbide burs offering exceptional durability and cutting efficiency. Their versatility spans across a spectrum of treatments from simple restorations to complex surgeries.

What are Carbide Burs?

Carbide burs are made of tungsten carbide, a metal that’s extremely hard (about three times stiffer than steel) and can withstand high temperatures. Because of their hardness, carbide burs can maintain a sharp cutting edge and be used many times without becoming dull. However, carbide burs is a little brittle and has a tendency to fracture under pressure, and can be best operated with high speed under light pressure. SS White Carbide burs, SS White Fissurotomy burs, SS White Oral surgery burs, trimming and finishing burs from SS White exemplify this commitment to precision and reliability, driving progress and innovation in modern dentistry.

Benefits of Carbide Burs:

Carbide burs is most commonly used for excavating and preparing cavities, finishing cavity walls, finishing restoration surfaces, drilling old fillings, finishing crown preparations, contouring bone, removing impacted teeth and separating crowns and bridges. They are defined by their head and shank. The type of handpiece being used determines which type of shank is required. The procedure to be performed determines the shape of the head that is chosen. Additionally carbide burs exhibit reduced vibration, translating to smoother operations and enhanced operator control thus fostering a more comfortable experience for patients.

Types of Carbide Burs:

Different varieties of carbide burs are available to choose from depending on the procedure. Three different types of shanks are Friction grip (FG), Right angle (RA) also known latch type and Hand piece (HP). In Friction grip different types of burs are available FG (Standard group) most commonly used in dental offices, FG Short Shank (FGSS) used in posteriors for limited mouth opening, FG Long, FG surgical used in longer length and better visibility, extractions and RCT’s, Right angle latch type, RA latch type surgical, and straight handpiece HP used in dental laboratories and make adjustments outside the mouth. According to shapes different types of burs are available: round, pear, inverted cone, straight and tapered fissure.

The role of carbide burs in effective dental care:

Carbide burs plays a pivotal role in facilitating the dental procedure ranging from cavity preparation to crown fabrication. Their unparalleled cutting efficiency and precision empower dental practitioners to execute intricate procedures with confidence, ensuring patient satisfaction.

Different dental procedures where dental carbide burs are commonly used:

The versatility of carbide burs renders them indispensable across a spectrum of dental procedures like excavating and preparing cavities, finishing cavity walls, finishing restoration surfaces, drilling old fillings, finishing crown preparations, contouring bone, removing impacted teeth and separating crowns and bridges.

Why buy Carbide burs from Dental Avenue?

When selecting burs for clinical use, the choice of a reliable and reputable supplier is paramount to ensure product quality, consistency and reliability. Dental Avenue stands as a trusted provider of premium grade carbide burs, meticulously engineered by the renowned manufacturers across the globe. Our comprehensive range of carbide burs encompasses a diverse array of sizes, shapes and configurations catering to unique requirements of various dental procedures.



What are differences between single-cut and cross-cut carbide burs?

Single-cut carbide burs have one set of diagonal flutes, providing smoother cuts ideal for contouring and finishing. Cross-cut burs features multiple sets of flutes intersecting at right angles, offering more aggressive cutting for rapid material removal.

How often should Carbide burs be replaced?

Carbide burs should be changed as needed or when it shows the signs of wear to maintain cutting efficiency.

Can Carbide burs be used with all types of dental handpieces?

Yes, Carbide burs are compatible with all types of handpieces, including high speed and low speed.

What are the safety precautions when using Carbide Burs?

  • Both handpiece and burs are properly sterilised and disinfected.

  • Wear appropriate protective gears such as gloves, surgical masks and protective eye gear to avoid any dust particles.

  • Ensure burs are properly fit inside the hand piece to avoid any accident.

  • Use light pressure while drilling to avoid excess heat during the process that may cause pulpal damage and to surrounding tissues.

  • Dispose of old and damaged burs.