Some patients will come in and describe the exact tooth and cusp causing their discomfort, while others will only have a quadrant. Whether it’s vertical root fractures or the more elusive “cracked tooth syndrome,” we as providers must properly diagnose and treat these patients.
The Tooth Slooth II is labeled as a crown-seating tool, and it does that job perfectly. However, its most amazing utilization is in pinpointing and isolating fractures or painful biting areas. The Tooth Slooth II is the ideal tool to confirm your patients’ source and/or accurately narrow down the correct tooth.
The Tooth Slooth II is an equally simple and ingenious tool. It has a raised indented end best used to load each cusp in question. I’ll have a patient bite, squeeze, and release from the device to check for any cuspal loading that mimics their pain. The opposite end has a raised wedge surface that works ideally to check occlusal fossae and grooves. I’ll have the patient bite and move excursively on this end of the Tooth Slooth II to also help to reproduce any areas of concern.
The two different surface types set the Tooth Slooth II apart from most other “bite sticks.” This tool is a must have for any office treating adult patients. Not a day goes by that I’m not thankful for the Tooth Slooth II!
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