Elements Apex Locator

Sybron Endodontics

Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, User Experience, Contextual Research, Medical & Scientific

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Background and Challenges

As a leader in quality endodontic products, SybronEndo turned to Nectar to help develop an important endodontic innovation: a diagnostic imaging device to assist endodontists in locating the apex, or point, of the root of a tooth.

Getting to the Root of Root Canal Procedures

SybronEndo, a division of Sybron Dental Specialties, has been an endodontic innovator for more than a century. In fact, its founding company, Kerr Endo, was the first manufacturer of endodontic instruments and supplies, and the K-file, the primary instrument used in root canal procedures, was named for Kerr. In developing the SybronEndo Elements Apex Locator, Nectar had to combine the needs of endodontists with digital imaging technology.

Getting to the Root of Root Canal Procedures

Improving Usability and Root Canal Procedure Outcomes

The system’s enhanced usability lets endodontists view file position as it travels down the root toward the apex as well as the last file position following removal, giving endodontists a more accurate guide for precisely locating the apex of the tooth. The SybronEndo Elements Apex Locator exceeded initial sales goals and has become a standard piece of equipment in endodontists’ offices. The design also won Nectar an International Design Excellence (IDEA) Award.

Improving Usability and Root Canal Procedure Outcomes