by Dr Kevin Lee, Dentists of Australia, Gilgandra, NSW
Physics forceps come in two different types and multiple sets. The forceps with the green bumpers are for general extractions, while the yellow bumpers are designed for use in the back of the mouth.
What’s good about it
I use these forceps with virtually every extraction I undertake. GoldenDent, the manufacturer, claim that there is a set of their forceps suitable for every tooth and every situation. While I don’t agree with that 100 per cent, they can be successfully used for most extractions. All that is required is a lingual aspect of the tooth that can be gripped by the forceps. Once I get a solid hold of the tooth, mobility is achieved pretty quickly.
In the vast majority of cases, the tooth is extracted atraumatically when using Physics Forceps. It allows you to preserve the buccal plate without any issues. I find that these forceps get the tooth to come out very nicely. Even if they don’t fully deliver the tooth, it’s so loose that you can just switch to conventional forceps and remove it within two seconds.
I’ve been using them for the past 18 months and, so far, I haven’t seen one root tip fracture. These forceps do their job very well.
What’s not so good
They’re a long-lasting tool but the bumper needs to be replaced every now and then. They can’t be used when there is no lingual purchase point. I’ve tried using a bur to get some purchase but it doesn’t work very well. Also, if the ligaments are ankylosed, the ankylosed fragment comes out with the tooth after extraction, meaning that there is a fracture in the bone.