Advanced Instrumentation for the General Practice Dental Hygienist

Course Number: 569

Langer Curettes

The Langer Curettes were designed to take the shank designs of the Gracey Curettes and combine them with the universal blade, thus allowing utilization of the same instrument for both mesial and distal surfaces. Langer Curettes have the following characteristics:

  • Universal blade

  • Gracey shank design

  • Set of 4 for the entire dentition

  • Rigid design

In addition to these characteristics, the Langer Curettes have a slightly shorter and thicker terminal shank. Thus, this makes them a little less flexible and much more effective on larger, tenacious calculus deposits. Langer Curettes can be ordered in standard, After Five and Mini Five designs. Figures 26‑29 show the types of Langer Curettes that are available.

Figure 26. 1/2

Figure 27. 3/4

Figure 28. 5/6

Figure 29. 17/18

The suggested areas of use are as follows:

1/2 Langer – Mandibular Posterior (both mesial and distal) (Figure 30)

3/4 Langer – Maxillary Posterior (both mesial and distal) (Figure 31)

5/6 Langer – Anterior and Premolar teeth (Figure 32)

17/18 Langer – Posterior (Figure 33)

Figure 30. 1/2 Langer.

Figure 31. 3/4 Langer.

Figure 32. 5/6 Langer.

Figure 33. 17/18 Langer.