OMNIA MAXIL PERIOSTEAL ELEVATOR SET DR. DIEGO VELASQUEZ*
This set of three periosteal elevators has been conceived out of a need to work in hard to reach areas of the mouth while utilizing high power magnification tools such as the operating microscope (OM). The angulation incorporated in the design of these instruments makes them the instrument of choice when reaching the so called “blind spots” such as the distal aspects of maxillary and mandibular teeth next to edentulous ridges. The usefulness of these instruments becomes even more apparent when working with indirect vision. The angulated design prevents the handle from physically interfering with the objective lens when the working distance is reduced and encourages fine movements associated with digital-centered manipulation (ideal when working with delicate tissue) instead of arm/wrist-induced maneuvers.
* Thanks to Dr. Diego Velasquez for his collaboration.
Dr. Diego Velasquez, DDS,MSD works in private practice in Fenton, Michigan and is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Dentistry of The University of Michigan. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and is currently a member of the peer review panel of the Journal of Periodontology and a consultant of The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has published a number of articles on prosthodontics, periodontics and dental implant related topics. Dr. Velasquez is a recipient of the prestigious “Dr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Kramer Scholarship for Excellence” award of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. He is active in numerous professional associations serving on leadership positions in different capacities.
This instrument presents two identical active ends, with a slight concave configuration. It is used after the Fenton 1 and it helps apply further pressure in a controlled manner that will ultimately help elevate a flap. Depending on its position in reference to the soft tissues, protractive or retractive movements are generated. When dealing with thicker, sturdier tissue, this instrument may not carry this flap elevation task to completion. In this situations another instrument will need to be used (Fenton # 3).
This instrument is a larger version of its predecessor, Fenton # 2. With an identical shape and design, the active parts are slightly wider thus allowing a broader surface contact with soft tissue. It is ideal to negotiate thicker, sturdier soft tissue such as that found on the palatal aspects of maxillary teeth or tissue surrounding osseous exostoses and tori.