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Operative Dentistry

Burs and Polishing Systems

(Last updated: August 13, 2014)


University of Iowa - Operative Kit - stockedshofu

Complete Kit (Black/Gold Block)

  • # ¼ Round Carbide
  • # 2 Round Carbide
  • # 4 Round Carbide
  • # 6 Round Carbide
  • # 8 Round Carbide
  • # 330 Pear Carbide
  • # 245 Long Pear Carbide
  • #170L FG Long Tapered Fissure Carbide
  • # 57 Flat End Fissure Carbide
  • # 34 Inverted Cone Carbide
  • Mandrel, pop on
  • Fissurotomy micro diamond (not shown)
  • # 7006 Round 12-Bladed Finishing Carbide
  • # 7404 Egg 12-Bladed Finishing Carbide
  • Fine Grit Flame Diamond


University of Iowa - Amalgam and Gold Polishing Kitshofu

Shofu all friction grip - stocked

  • 6 Round Finish FG
  • 7404 Egg Shape FG
  • White stone flame FG
  • Shofu Brownie cup FG
  • Shofu Brownie Mini Point FG
  • Shofu Greenie cup FG
  • Shofu Greenie Mini Point FG
  • Shofu Super cup Point FG
  • Shofu Super Greenie Mini Point FG


University of Iowa - Fixed Prosthodontic Kit - stocked

Complete Kit (Black/Gold Block)burs and polishing systems

Round taper

  • Super Coarse Grit Round End Taper Long 016
  • Super Coarse Grit Tap Needle chamfer 012


  •  Coarse Grit Tapered Mod Bevel 016
  • 12-Bladed Finishing Carbide 016
  • Coarse Grit Tapered Mod Bevel 018
  • Coarse Grit Tapered Mod Bevel 021

Modified shoulder

  • Coarse Grit Mod Flat End Taper 016
  • Fine Grit Mod Flat End Taper 016


  • Coarse Grit Egg Diamond
  • Fine Grit Egg Diamond


University of Iowa - Laboratory Metal Adjustment and Polishing Kitburs and polishing systems

Shofu – Stocked

  • Brown Wheel Finish Polisher
  • Green Wheel Pre-Polisher
  • Super Green Wheel (yellow band) High-Shine Polisher
  • Brown Disc Finish Polisher
  • Green Disc Pre-Polisher
  • Super Green Disc (yellow band) High-Shine Polisher
  • Brown Point Finish Polisher
  • Green Point Pre-Polisher
  • Super Green Point (yellow band) High-shine Polisher
  • Brownie Point
  • Greenie Point
  • Super-Greenie Point (yellow band)


Resin-Based Composite Polishing - Stocked

1st STEP - Final Contouring and Finishingburs and polishing systems

  • friction grip Snap-on Mandrel for Soft-flex disks
  • 7404  carbide finishing bur-egg (Brasseler)
  • 7902  carbide finishing bur-flame (Brasseler)
  • H48LQ  carbide crosscut Q-finisher long flame (Komet)

2nd STEP - Finishing (surface characterization) as situation demands

  • fine diamond egg
  • fine diamond flame
  • Green Jiffy Cup pre-polisher (Ultradent)
    • This can be used earlier in the process depending upon how it is applied, i.e. pressure and speed, and how much surface characterization is required.

3rd STEP - Polishing

  • Pasteless Cup Brush (Brasseler)
  • Pasteless Point Brush  (Brasseler)
  • Gloss polisher – Cup {Kerr Hawe}
  • Gloss polisher – Flame {Kerr Hawe}
  • HiLuster Dia polisher – Cup {Kerr Hawe}
  • HiLuster Dia polisher – Flame {Kerr Hawe}



University of Iowa - Extra-Oral Ceramic Polishing Kit - stockedburs and polishing systems

Complete Kit (Blue Block)

  • Blue Knife-Edge Reduction Wheel
  • Pink Knife-Edge pre-polish Wheel
  • Gray Knife-Edge High gloss Wheel
  • Blue Reduction Point
  • Pink pre-polish Point
  • Gray High gloss Point




University of Iowa Intra-Oral Ceramic Polishing Kit –stockedburs and polishing systems

Complete Kit (Blue Block)

  • Blue Reduction Cup
  • Blue Reduction Point
  • Dark Pink pre-polish Cup
  • Dark Pink pre-polish Point
  • Gray high gloss Cup
  • Gray high gloss Point\

Currently evaluating
Dialite LD and Dialite ZR intraoral polishing systems



University of Iowa - Denture Adjustment Kit - stockedburs and polishing systems

Complete Kit (Blue Block)

  • Mandrel Moores
  • Silicone Point Pink
  • Silicone Disc Green
  • Yellow Point Fine Grit Acrylic Polisher
  • Yellow Disc Fine Grit Acrylic Polisher
  • Green Point Coarse Grit Acrylic Polisher
  • Green Disc Coarse Grit Acrylic Polisher
  • Extra-Fine E-Cutter Long flame thin
  • Extra Fine E-Cutter Cone shaped
  • E-Cutter small pear shaped
  • E-Cutter Large Pear shaped
  • Extra Fine E-Cutter Large football shaped



Epitex Polishing Strips (GC America) - stockedburs and polishing systems

  • Description: Blue (coarse), green (medium), Grey (fine) and orange (extra fine) plastic backed finishing strips
  • Typically only blue and green are necessary for direct RBCs






Serrated Steel Saw Blades (Brasseler) - stocked

  • Description: Used to open or lighten proximal contacts

burs and polishing systems



Sof-Lex Extra-Thin (XT) Contouring and Polishing Discs  (3M ESPE) - stocked

burs and polishing systems

Description: Pop-on 1/2 and 3/8 diameter extra thin discs for RBC polishing

  • Dark Orange - coarse grit = 55 mm
  • Medium Orange  - medium grit = 40 mm
  • Light Orange - fine grit= 24 mm
  • Yellow – superfine grit = 8 mm

Use of complete series of discs for polishing is rarely needed

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Mini Flexibuff (Cosmedent) - clinic approved, available in Oper

Description: Felt-coated, highly flexible discs designed for the application and use of polishing paste.



Enamelize Polishing Paste (Cosmedent) - clinic approved, available in Oper

Description: Aluminum oxide for final polishing of resin-based composites and maintenance of esthetic bonding.


Visionflex Diamond Strips (Brasseler) - stocked

Description: Diamond coated perforated metal contouring and finishing strips.

  • (Blue-45 micron–medium)
  • (Red-30 micron–fine)
  • (Yellow -15 micron–extra-fine)

burs and polishing systems