DentalCare

DentalCare

DentalCare

DentalCare

DentalCare
Home Home Home
.
trusted resource. informed professionals. healthier patients.

Maxillofacial Surgery Basics for the Dental Team: Part II

Natalie Kaweckyj, LDARF, CDA, CDPMA, COMSA, COA, MADAA, BA

Save your place in this course and return later. (Requires Log In)

The maxillary universal forceps #150 is employed when removing maxillary centrals, laterals, canines, premolars, and roots (According to:  Boyd’s Dental Instruments, A Pocket Guide, 3rd ed.).

For maxillary premolars, the handles of the forceps need to be curved so the instrument can span the mandible and allow the simple beaks to be correctly placed.  This type of forceps is called ‘Reade’s’ forceps (Figure 5).  The #286 bayonet forceps is designed for removal of the premolar and single roots.  The #65 forceps is a narrower version of this instrument and is used for root tip removal.

Figure 5.
Image: Reade’s Forceps
Reade’s Forceps

Maxillary molars, viewed from the buccal side, exhibit two roots, but on the palatal side there is a third root.  The beak design takes into account the root surface difference in the maxillary teeth, so instruments are designated ”right (labeled “R”) and ”left” (labeled “L”).  The handles are curved so that as the beaks are placed towards the molar region, the handles span the mandible and teeth.  The #53 R and #53 L and the maxillary cowhorn forceps #88 R and #88 L (Figures 6 & 7) are bayonet forceps commonly used for these teeth.

Figure 6. Figure 7.
Image: 88 R forceps Image: 88 L forceps
88 R forceps 88 L forceps
Reprinted with permission from Hu-Friedy, Instruments.
Video

DentalCare

DentalCare

DentalCare

DentalCare

Experts / Advisory
transcript
Close
Save Course Close
Congrats

Congratulations!

Based on information in Your Profile, it looks like you’ve graduated. As you transition into practice, we want to keep you informed about new CE courses, promotions, and other resources now available to you as a practicing professional.

So please take a moment to Update Your Profile; make sure to look under each category, i.e., Personal Information, School Information and Notification and Updates and click "Edit."

We also recommend that you visit the Graduating Student section for post-graduate tips.