The three major components of the elevator are the handle,shank, and blade (Fig. 6-35). The handle of the elevator is usually of generous size, so it can be held comfortably in the hand to apply substantial but controlled force. The application of specifically applied force is critical in the proper use of dental. elevators. In some situations, crossbar or T-bar handles are used. These instruments must be used with caution, because they can generate a very large amount of force (Fig. 6-36).
The shank of the elevator simply connects the handle to the working end, or blade, of the elevator. The shank is generally of substantial size and is strong enough to transmit the force from the handle to the blade. The blade of the elevator is the working tip of the elevator and is used to transmit the force to the tooth, bone or both.