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1. The Basic Examination and Anesthetic Instruments


There are four parts of a hand instrument (figure 1-1). The longest part is the handle where the dentist
 holds the instrument when using it. The shank joins the handle and a blade or nib. A cutting instrument has a blade and a cutting edge, whereas a non-cutting instrument has a nib and a face or point. There are identifying numbers on the handles of each instrument, and these numbers must be used when the instruments are requisitioned from the supply section.

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Figure 1-1. Parts of a hand instrument.

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015