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The Instrument for Locating Cracks in Tooth
Cracked tooth is a syndrome familiar to most dental
professionals. The development of cracks is a common
complication in restored posterior tooth. Usually, the
crack originates in the deepest part of the of the occlusal
box and runs diagonally out under a cusp. The signs and
symptoms of a cracked tooth include sensitivity to
temperature changes, to sugar, or tenderness on biting.
Generally, a cracked tooth cannot be detected clinically
or radiographically. Therefore, it can be difficult to
diagnose or to localize the tooth or cusp. Dentists
have used various implements to locating a cracked
cusp. These, among other things, include cotton rolls,
wood sticks and metal instruments. All of these
implements have limitations.
Fracfinder is an indispensable instrument for the practice
of modern dentistry. It is an instrument that simplifies
locating cracks in tooth. Locating cracks with Fracfinder is
quick and precise. To locate the crack, place the small
indentation of the Fracfinder on suspected cusp. Ask the
patient to apply pressure while gently biting on the
suspected cusp(s). Fracfinder provides force when the
patient bites down on the instrument. Cracked cusp is
then located easily, rapidly and precisely.
Fracfinder can also be used for applications such as
seating crowns, fixed prosthesis, and tapping on teeth.
Fracfinder Blue is a sturdy instrument made of a rigid
autoclavable material. Fracfinder Blue will provide years
of usage without getting chewed up. Eventually, after
years of usage and autoclaving, it may discolor. It is a
long lasting instrument.
Fracfinder Colors are available in color green, pastel
blue, pink, purple and white. Fracfinder Colors are made
of a soft autoclavable material. In time they may get
chewed up and are not as long lasting as Fracfinder Blue.
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