Which instrument type and cross-sectional shape are matched correctly?
(A.) Explorer – half moon
(B.) Universal curette – circle
(C.) Sickle – triangle
(D.) Area-specific curette – rectangle
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Answer: (C.) Sickle – triangle
The design of the working end and its cross-sectional shape are directly related to the function of the instrument.
- Half-moon cross-sectional shape instrument: rounded at the back. Used subgingivally to protect the soft tissues. E.g., universal curette, area-specific curette.
- Triangular cross-sectional shape instrument: pointed at the back. Used only supragingivally (to avoid damage to subgingival tissues). E.g., sickle.
- Circular cross section: explorers have a circular cross section with a thin end that detects deposits.
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