When we go to a dental clinic, we usually see a lot of dental devices that can look pretty scary. We normally see objects that are intimidating in a way that they are sharp and have hook shapes. However, in order for the dentists to do their job properly, they need to make use of these devices to effectively clean, probe, examine, restore, and do other necessary procedures that will keep your oral cavity healthy.
Dental Examination Devices
For proper evaluation of your oral cavity, various examination tools are need. Dentists have this handheld mirror tool that is deemed important throughout the procedure; they allow dentists to inspect places that are impossible to visualize, such as the back portion of the teeth. They also have probes that are used in the manipulation of the dental tissue that surround the teeth and in between them. Additionally, they have a periodontal probe that is shaped like a hook with a blunt end to prevent gum bleeding during the manipulation. Lastly, they also have a sickle probe that is generally sued to detect dental caries.
Teeth Cleaning Tools
Dentists have these curettes and scalers that are generally used to help scrape of plaque and tartar that builds up on the teeth. They are shaped according to the way our teeth are shaped in order for it to be able to reach between, around, and behind the teeth. Although they are designed to be sharp, they don’t actually affect the enamel of the teeth.
Tooth Extraction Tools
The removal of a tooth or teeth is called extraction. Tooth extraction is performed for several reasons including severe tooth infection or it is deemed necessary for those who are on braces. Tooth extraction tools include forceps. Forceps are used to grip the tooth, manipulate it back and forth to help in loosening the ligaments, and tear the affected tooth from the roots until it is ready to be pulled out. There are different types of forceps according to the type of tooth that is going to be extracted.
Tooth Restoration Tools
There are times when the teeth only need to be restored, rather than extracted. There are excavators that work like shovels to dig inside the cavity and remove the decaying part. There are also chisels that are used to chip away unwanted tooth decay.
They also have burs that help in the restoration of the teeth. They have bur attachments that are used to fill the cavities of the teeth. Burs are also used to repair chipping of the tooth or smoothing out of the edges of the teeth. They can also be used for cleaning as well.