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ex·plor·er

(eks-plōr'ĕr),
A sharp pointed probe used to investigate natural or restored tooth surfaces to detect caries or other defects.

ex·plor·er

(eks-plōr'ĕr)
A sharp pointed dental instrument used to investigate natural or restored tooth surfaces to detect caries, other defects, or dental deposits (e.g., calculus).

ex·plor·er

(eks-plōr'ĕr)
A sharp pointed instrument used to investigate natural or restored tooth surfaces to detect caries or other defects. Types include ODU 11/12 (to detect calculus) and 23 (to detect caries).

explorer,

n a dental instrument with a slender head that is honed to a fine point, used to conduct a tactile examination and appraisal of pits and fissures, carious lesions, root surfaces, and margins of restoration.
explorer, 11/12-type,
n a type with a paired working end and long lower shank whose specially angled tip design makes it suited for use in either shallow depressions or deep pockets.
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Explorers.
explorer, cowhorn,
n a type so named because of the shape of its shank that is used to examine teeth for calculus, caries, and restoration margins. Also called
pigtail explorer.
explorer, curved shank,
n a type used to examine proximal tooth surfaces for calculus and caries, which, because of its arc, allows easier access to back teeth.
explorer, Orban No. 20,
n.pr a type that is used to detect calculus, caries, lesions, and cemental changes on the subgingival surfaces of a tooth.
explorer, pigtail,
n See explorer, cowhorn.
explorer, pocket,
n See explorer, Orban No. 20.
explorer, sickle,
n a hand-activated assessment tool, so named because of the distinctive shape of its shank, that is used to examine fissures and the surfaces of natural teeth, restorations, and sealants; not suited for exploration inferior to the gingival margin.
explorer, straight,
n a type with an unpaired working end and short lower shank that is used to examine caries inferior to the gingival margin and in restorations with irregular margins; not suited to detecting calculus inferior to the gingival margin.
explorer, TU-17,
n.pr a type that is used to detect calculus, caries, lesions, and cemental changes on the subgingival surfaces of a tooth; may be adapted for use on selected supragingival surfaces.
explorers, paired,
n.pl two identical explorers with contralateral curves that are used to examine opposite tooth surfaces superior to the gingival margin; mirrored-image explorers.
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Today, I was planning on signing up (for the Explorer program),'' he said.
Most car trailing arm suspensions have been replaced by multi-link or similar setups for better control over ride and handling," says Chris Brewer, chief chassis engineer on the 2006 Explorer, "but these designs are more costly, especially when they must be designed for worst-case, heavy-duty use cycles found with light trucks.
By uniforms, insignia, and such association with Whit tier employees, the Explorer Scouting program will generally be identified by the general public as under the control of the city their taxes support.
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Before you become an Explorer, you have to pass an 18-week academy; I train recruits who are trying to become Explorers,'' said Campbell, who gets to the Lancaster station at 5 a.
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Those of us who had already been through the program were so grateful, they really fought for us,'' said Nhi Le, a 17-year-old senior at Royal High School who has volunteered through the Explorer post in recent months.
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For more information about the program, call the American Medical Response offices at (800) 404-1222 and ask for the Explorer Post voice-mail box.
The California Highway Patrol began its Explorer program in 1989, borrowing an idea that police, fire and sheriff's departments have used for years to attract youths to public safety careers, said Officer Ed Sandoval of the CHP's Southern Division.