11. Endodontic Instruments

Endodontic Instruments

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image Endodontic Explorer

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Function ent

To locate opening of small canal orifices for endodontic procedure

Characteristics ent

Practice Note ent

Endodontic Explorer is used exclusively on endodontic tray setups.

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image Endodontic Explorer must be cleaned, bagged individually or bagged/wrapped in a tray setup, and then sterilized. A chemical/steam indicator device should be included in the wrapping.

image Endodontic Long-Shank Spoon Excavator

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Function ent

To curet inside of tooth to base of pulp chamber

Characteristics ent

Practice Note ent

Endodontic Long-Shank Spoon is used exclusively on endodontic tray setups.

image Endodontic Long-Shank Spoon Excavator must be cleaned, bagged individually or bagged/wrapped in a tray setup, and then sterilized. A chemical/steam indicator device should be included in the wrapping.

image Endodontic Locking Forceps (Pliers)

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Function ent

To grasp and lock material for transfer into and out of oral cavity

Characteristic ent

Similar to regular cotton forceps except for locking mechanism to secure material on the working end of the forceps (pliers)

Practice Note ent

Endodontic Locking Forceps are used on endodontic tray setup and could also be used on restorative tray setups.

image Endodontic Locking Forceps must be cleaned, bagged individually or bagged/wrapped in a tray setup, and then sterilized. A chemical/steam indicator device should be included in the wrapping. Hinged instruments should be processed open and unlocked.

image Vitalometer/Pulp Tester

Function ent

To test vitality of pulp in teeth

Characteristics ent

Practice Notes ent

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image Vitalometer tip must be cleaned, bagged individually or bagged/wrapped in a tray setup, and then sterilized. A chemical/steam indicator device should be included in the wrapping. Barriers should be used on the unit and/or the manufacturer’s recommendation for sterilization of Vitalometer tip and disinfection of unit should be followed.

image Broach

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Function ent

To remove pulp tissue from canal(s)

Characteristics ent

Practice Note ent

Broach is used exclusively on endodontic tray setups.

image Endodontic Broach must be disposed of in a Sharps container. For single use only.

image Endodontic File—K Type

Functions ent

Characteristics ent

Practice Note ent

Endodontic File—K Type is used exclusively on endodontic tray setups.

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image Endodontic File—K Type must be cleaned, bagged individually or bagged/wrapped in a tray setup, and then sterilized. A chemical/steam indicator device should be included in the wrapping, or used file must be disposed of in a Sharps container. Rubber stopper on the file should be disposed of in the garbage.

image Endodontic File—Hedstrom

Functions ent

Characteristics ent

Practice Note ent

Endodontic File—Hedstrom is used exclusively on endodontic tray setups.

image Endodontic File—Hedstrom must be cleaned, bagged individually or bagged/wrapped in a tray setup, and then sterilized. A chemical/steam indicator device should be included in the wrapping, or used file must be disposed of in a Sharps container. Rubber stopper on the file should be disposed of in the garbage.

image Reamer

Functions ent

Characteristics ent

Practice Note ent

Reamer is used exclusively on endodontic tray setups.

image Reamer must be cleaned, bagged individually or bagged/wrapped in a tray setup, and then sterilized. A chemical/steam indicator device should be included in the wrapping, or used reamer must be disposed of in a Sharps container. Rubber stopper on the file should be disposed of in the garbage.

image Endodontic Stoppers

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Jan 8, 2015 | Posted by in Dental Nursing and Assisting | Comments Off on 11. Endodontic Instruments
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