11: ELEVATORS

SECTION 11

ELEVATORS

Elevators are used to loosen and ‘elevate’ the teeth in their sockets prior to extraction. Care needs to be taken when using elevators to avoid causing trauma to the adjacent teeth.

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Figure 11.1

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PARTS OF AN ELEVATOR

FIGURE 11.1

Working end

  • The working end is the 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 holds
  • Designed for stability and leverage
  • The handle can be of many different varieties (i.e. serrated, smooth, hollow, solid, octagonal, round, lar/>
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Jan 8, 2015 | Posted by in Dental Nursing and Assisting | Comments Off on 11: ELEVATORS
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