Tools of the trade: Elements IC

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obturation system

by Dr Charles Sun, Forrest Avenue Dental Centre, Bunbury, WA

This is the latest of what have been many generations of the Elements obturation system. When you open the box, there’s a downpacker and a backfiller, both of which work very effectively.

What’s good about it

This cordless obturation system is reliable and consistent. The handpieces are beautifully ergonomic and the results are excellent.

The downpacker heats up very quickly and cuts things cleanly. There are other brands and systems I’ve used but they’re either chunky or take too long to heat up. Elements IC also comes with a range of tips that can be used with different shaped and sized root canals. 

The backfiller is the best I have ever used. It’s very compact and easily gets into tight areas. As it heats up to 200 degrees, you want to ensure that you don’t burn the patient in any way. While a chunky backfiller can make this difficult, this product is sleek and small, making it easy to position safely. It has a button that’s pressed and the molten gutta percha is automatically pushed out at a constant rate. I find this a better system than pulling a trigger as it’s more consistent and requires less effort from me.

What’s not so good

The batteries on the instruments are built in, so you can’t have a spare battery on the charger. The batteries last a long time but if you’re busy and forget to charge them, you can be caught out. The gutta percha cartridges are unique to this system so you can’t mix and match. It’s a little more expensive than generic gutta percha refills. 

Where did you get it

Henry Schein

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