Burs & Diamonds > Bur & Diamond Rotary Instruments
Bur and diamond rotary instruments are available in a range of materials for varying applications. Dental burs are made from tungsten carbide, diamond and steel. Carbide burs are used to remove material and tooth structure. Steel burs share many characteristics with carbide burs, but they are softer and more flexible. Diamond burs are used for precise drilling and finishing and for grinding where material removal is not a concern. Diamond discs are primarily used for contouring, fabricating, finishing, and shaping of dental restorative materials. Patterson Dental offers burs in all three shank types: friction grip, right-angle latch, and handpiece.