Dental Elevators and their uses

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Dental Elevators are used to loosen and ‘elevate’ the teeth in their sockets prior to extraction. Care should be taken to avoid causing  damage/trauma to nearby teeth while using elevators.

PARTS OF AN DENTAL ELEVATOR

Dental elevators working end

Working end

  • The working end is functional, elevating and retracting end of the elevator
  • Single-ended
  • The working end is adapted to the function of the instrument

Shank

  • The area between the working end and the handle
  • The shank may be straight or angled for easy access to some areas in the mouth
  • The shank may also have a finger rest to enable the operator to get a better grip and apply more force

Handle

  • The part of the instrument that the operator
  • Designed for stability and leverage
  • The handle can be of many different varieties (i.e. serrated, smooth, hollow, solid, octagonal, round, large, small)
  • The function dictates the type of handle

3 TYPES OF DENTAL ELEVATOR

  1. Warwick James elevator – straight, Warwick James elevators – left and right
  2. Couplands chisel
  3. Cryers elevators – left and right.

Warwick James elevator – straight (b) Warwick James elevators – left and right

1. Warwick James elevator – straight and Warwick James elevators – left and right

Uses and features

  • Used to elevate and loosen the tooth from the periodontal ligament
  • The elevation is done to create space and prevent trauma to adjacent teeth and tissues
  • Available as left and right elevators, designed to adapt to the mesial and distal aspects of the tooth, respectively. Always used as a pair

False friends

Couplands chisel, Mershon band pusher

 

2. Couplands chisel

Couplands chisel

Uses and types

  • Used to elevate and loosen the tooth from the periodontal ligament
  • The elevation is done to create space and prevent trauma to adjacent teeth and tissues
  • Available in sizes 1, 2 and 3 – working end gets larger with an increase in size number

False friends

Warwick James straight elevator, Warwick James left and right elevators,  Mershon band pusher.

3. Cryers elevators – left and right (Enlarged working end)

Cryers elevators – left and right

 

Uses

  • Used to remove interseptal bone
  • Used to loosen root tips

Dental Elevators are always used in conjunction with other dental instruments

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Dental Elevators and their uses
Isreal Olabanji DST RNhttps://www.healthsoothe.com
Am Isreal olabanji a dental assistant and public health professionals and has years of experience in assisting the dentist with all sorts of dental issues. We regularly post timely and trustworthy medical information and news. My goal is to enlighten everyone in all aspects of health towards participating in fitness, Dental care, healthy recipes, child health, obstetrics, and more.
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