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Four-Handed Dentistry: Instrument Transfer

Betty Ladley Finkbeiner

Citation Information : Finkbeiner BL. Four-Handed Dentistry: Instrument Transfer. J Contemp Dent Pract 2001; 2 (1):15-26.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-2-1-15

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-11-2004

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2001; The Author(s).


The efficient exchange of instruments between the operator and the dental assistant is fundamental to the facilitation of an efficient and stress-free dental practice. This requires a commitment on the part of the members of the operating team to specific work practices before and during a dental procedure. The objectives of this article include the description of team member responsibilities during an instrument transfer and the identification of the benefits of a proper instrument transfer technique. Objectives also include specific instrument grasps and descriptions of transfer methods that require practice on the part of the operating team in order to attain proficiency.

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