10#17 Explorer for ANTERIOR TEETH Insert so that terminal shank is parallel to the long axis of the Instrument tip should point down towards the sulcus.Here the terminalshank is parallel toline angle.
11Start at the Red dotted line (“Line angle”) furthest away from you and walk towards the contact. That means (for Maxillary teeth):Righties start with the ‘distal’ of #11 (upper left canine).Lefties start with the ‘distal’ of #6 (upper right canine).
12(What is your clock position for the Anterior teeth?) That means (for Mandibular teeth):Righties start with the ‘distal’ of #22 (lower left canine).Lefties start with the ‘distal’ of #27 (lower right canine).
13Exploring the Posterior Teeth: Insert at distalline angle
14Right from Wrong: Right Wrong Why is this one wrong? Terminal shank is not parallel to long axis of the tooth!
15Shank should be a little straighter so that tip points downward into the sulcus.
16After walking the length of the distal surface- pull explorer out of sulcus and roll instrument till tip points towards the mesial surface.Reinsert at the Distal line angle a walk mesially.
17Walk explorer to the mesial line angle: Tip of instrument points down into sulcus-this means the terminal shank will now be“oblique”.Terminal shank willstraighten up at theMesial line angle
19* * Probing Sequence (per quadrant): For Right Handed Clinicians: (limited radius)Midline*For Right Handed Clinicians:AreaPatient’s HeadClock PositionUR and LR Buccal(Anteriors)Left(Neutral)10:00-11:0012:00 (Anteriors)UR and LR LingualRight11:00(12:00 )UL Buccal(12:00)UL LingualLL BuccalLL Lingual10:00Notice that operator position and the direction of the instrument handle changes at the canine on the dominant side *.*Midline
20* Probing Sequence (per quadrant): * For Left Handed Clinicians: (limited radius)Midline*For Left Handed Clinicians:AreaPatient’s HeadClock PositionUL and LL Buccal(Anteriors)Right(Neutral)2:00-1:00(12:00)UL and LL LingualLeftUR Buccal1:00UL LingualLL BuccalLL Lingual2:00Notice that operator position and the direction of the instrument handle changes at the canine on the dominant side. **Midline
21Things to keep in mind:The video on exploring technique demonstrates this beautifully!!! Can you find it?
22This is where your Dental Anatomy is going to come to play!!!
23Need to adapt instrument tip to the contours of the tooth- in this case, theconcavity.