dental explorer


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dental explorer

A sharp-pointed instrument used to detect unsound enamel, carious lesions, or imperfect margins of restorations in teeth.
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Teeth were dried and under efficient light condition, caries presence was examined with the help of dental explorer tip over the grooves looking for stickness, avoiding apically directed forces.
Professionals who support the dental explorer point out that a small area will soon be remineralized with saliva and fluoride.
Technological developments have provided alternatives to the dental explorer for determining the presence of dental caries.
Another alternative to the dental explorer is the DIAGNOdent system, which consists of a small instrument (probe) roughly the same size as a toothbrush.
20) Conversely, Stookey reports that several investigations have shown that the use of dental explorer adds limited value in the detection of occlusal dental caries and that its use in the historical approach (i.