Cauter Usage in Dentistry

Watch Dental Video about Cauter

The cauter is a surgical instrument that is used in the obliteration (cauterization) of tissue.

During cauterization, heat is used to destroy tissue in order to stop bleeding or assist in the removal of a benign tumor. In the picture you can see the cauter tool with the cauter handle and its various applications. In dentistry, the cauter is mainly used for gum removal and/or to stop bleeding prior to taking a tooth impression. If there is bleeding, the impression will provide inconclusive tooth borders. The impression material might flow around the borders inaccurately and the technician will not be able to produce a leakage-free denture (for example crowns). There will be more about this in the video entitled "Dental Impression".

Kauter mit steril verpakten Aufsätzen


In the video "Cautery" you see how the gums are carefully cauterized after the ceramic inlays have been sanded down in order to achieve a precise impression. Even though gums have the ability to regrow, you should never over cauterize because this could cause pain and the formation of scars, different chemical substances can also be used to stop bleeding.

The risks of cauterization are negligible if performed by an experienced doctor. Nevertheless, in isolated cases, complications that may require other measures may occur. Every additional measure carries risks of further complications that can ultimately lead to the loss of teeth. Here we will only discuss the specific complications associated with cauterization, including damage to surrounding structures such as the tongue, cheeks, nerves, blood vessels, neighboring teeth and neighboring roots with the following consequences:

  • Scar formation
  • Sensitive tooth necks

Click here to see the video: Cautery


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