Introduction: Sugrufy Dentist Tools

Dr. Deepu Krishna recommends the use of Sugru for Dental Equipment and tools. According to him, the patient experiences discomfort during a procedure when the tool first comes in contact with the lips/mouth, as it could be cold/hot depending on the procedure. The Sugru helps here by maintaining just one temperature all through out. Apart from its other benefits of being neutral (non-reactive) and helps with gripping.

Step 1: Apply Sugru to Identified Problem Areas

The tool (taken for e.g. here) that has been sugrufied is a tool used for the root canal procedure, that is heated to push the gutta percha filling into the bored tooth. He says we have to wait for the right time, when the applied area has cooled to insert into the patient's mouth as they fear it will burn the patient's tongue/mouth/lips. They have to do it multiple times as they have to get the right temperature for the tip too. Applying sugru has made this procedure a cake walk as they don't have to wait. They heat the tool and directly use it. (As the hotter the tip, better the results of this procedure.)

Step 2: Happy Patient, Happy Doctor.

Unlock more smiles in your clinic now.

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projectsugru (author)2014-11-18

We like your thinking here, but we have to state that Sugru is not suitable for mouth contact since it is not food grade. It is also not medical grade. But high 5 for the idea! :)

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Pavan4WP (author)2014-10-31

I appreciate all the feedback, will work with the doc to see what could be done to make it safer. I need some inputs from you experts about another fix I have in mind for this. If we sprayed never wet on the sugru, let it cure and then use it, will that be safe? Does anyone know what I am talking about?

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Chris Logan (author)2014-10-29

Whoops. Instrucatbles was displaying this comment twice... I thought I had double posted and deleted one. It deleted both instances. If it's possible, someone should restore the original comment. It was something along the lines of:

"The reason these tools didn't have a rubber overmold from factory is because it's impossible to disinfect.

I wouldn't want to be a patient wherever that tool is being used."

Thanks!

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Chris Logan (author)2014-10-29

From: Pavan4WPDate: Oct 29, 2014. 2:29 AMSubject: https://www.instructables.com/id/Sugrufy-Dentist-T... wow, we did not know that. Thanks for your feedback. Can you substantiate your comment with some credible references/journals/papers? And you are pretty sure that the UV device and the sterilization techniques will not disinfect them?Don't worry about visiting this guy. I am pretty sure you've never visited a developing country in your life.

Did you delete your comment, of did someone else? I don't mind defending my position.

Either way... http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulation...

A good rule of thumb is that anywhere the ray from a UV light won't hit directly, will not kill bacteria. In this case, the surface directly under the sugru grip is not sealed against contamination, and the light won't hit it. Capillary action will draw fluids carrying contaminants into that area, which will breed organisms unhindered.

Additionally, just the surface of sugru (like many soft rubbers) may be a suitable breeding ground. Microscopic pores in the material can protect bacteria and fungus even when you're actively cleaning that very surface.

Sanitation is a huge challenge for developing countries. Often times, people are either ignorant of good practice... And too often, people who are educated on good practice are desensitized by constant exposure to poor sanitary conditions.

Finally, I have visited several developing countries. For fun, and for profit. This discussion is a good reminder why some countries are just developing.

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