Tools of the trade: Elements Diagnostic Unit

The Elements diagnostic unit
Tools of the trade: The Elements diagnostic unit

by Dr Kate Fiore, Cannon Hill Dental, Cannon Hill, QLD


This apex locator from SybronEndo also tests the health of the tooth’s pulp. I started at Cannon Hill Dental about two-and-a-half years ago and have used this unit regularly in that time. The machine has been in the practice for about 10 years.


What’s good about it

It gives really reliable results and useful information on pulp sensibility. I use it with every root canal to check the position of the foramen.

It sends a current through the tooth and that current is completed by linking a small attachment to the patient’s cheek. It lets you assess if the nerve in the tooth is healthy. It also aids in the diagnosis of trauma cases by providing baseline and follow-up monitoring.

It comes with an extra display that can be placed on the patient’s bib. I really like this option as I don’t have to strain my neck to look at the main display.

It can be quite a talking point with patients. They’re always interested in the procedure of pulp testing and what it means for their tooth.


What’s not so good

The electric pulp test is subject to bias as it’s based on the patient’s response. They need to let the dentist know when they feel a current in the tooth. Nervous patients might be more sensitive or think they feel it earlier than they actually do.

You also need to be careful when using it with people who have cardiac pacemakers or implantable electronic devices.


Where did you get it

Henry Schein Halas.


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