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Ask the Warrior Dentist: An Explanation of Dental Tools and Instruments

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Author: Dr. Susan Wells

What are all those Dental Tools?

Visiting a dentists office, at any age, may be a bit intimidating because of the various dental tools that are staring you in the face. This situation can make many people feel uncomfortable because we do not go to a class that teaches one about how innocent and harmless these helpful dental instruments really are. For example, some people become a little queasy by just viewing the tiny mirror that is used for examining the teeth and nothing else. One simple solution to overcoming your fear of the dentist, is by identifying the dental instruments that you may see while visiting the dentist. Here, you will learn about all of the distinct tools that are located on the dental table,

Examination Dental Instruments

Let's start out simple. Most people have to visit the dentist for their oral hygiene check ups which should be done about two to four times a year. The examination tools that are used at the dentist's office are used in order to view the teeth and gums by manipulating the tissue. The two main components in this category are the dental mirror and the probes. The mirror allows the dental professional to examine areas of the mouth which are not visible to the naked eye. The mirror can also be used to shine more light on a darker area of the mouth where the dentist needs to see better. There are two types of probes; the sickle probe and the periodontal probe. The sickle probe is a thin piece of metal, shaped like a hook, which is used to look at the tooth decay on the tooth and to scrap off the plaque that is too difficult to take off by just brushing. The periodontal probe also looks like a hook and is used to check the health of the gums and to measure the depths around each tooth of interest.

Restorative Dental Instruments

At times, your Warrior dentist will have to use his tools in order to restore certain problem areas in your teeth. The most common tool for him to use during restoring one's teeth is the excavator. There are a few types of excavators which include the variety of chisels, the spoon excavator and the half hollenbach. The spoon excavator, for instance, is used to remove any soft decay that is located in the tooth.

Dental Drills

When the Warrior dentist in Alabama needs to drill, they have quite a collection. This collection of dental drills includes burs and operative burs. These dental burs are used to cut into the tooth surface and generally made out of a surgical hand piece with a friction grip and either a slow or high speed drill power driven by air force. The part which actually drills into the tooth can be made out of a variety of materials including stainless steel or diamond coated tips. The burs come in a variety of different sizes for the different size of the teeth and the type of job.

Extraction Dental Instruments

The final important category of dental instruments include the extraction dental tools which a dentist uses in order to remove the teeth. The most common extraction tool is the dental forceps. There are many dental forceps because they have a specific shape for the different types of teeth that need to be removed. Therefore, there are upper and lower universal forceps, upper right and left molar forceps, wisdom teeth forceps and more. Other dental tools used during extraction include elevators and chisels.

Other Dental Tools

Other dental tools which are commonly used by a Warrior dentist or any other dentist include retractors and local anesthesia. These are dental instruments which assist the other dental instruments while the dentist works on one's mouth. The types of retractors include a cheek retractor, tongue retractor and a lip retractor. A dentist will use these retractors in conjunction with a dental mirror and a mouth prop. The local anesthesia includes the dental syringe to administer the anesthesia and the anesthesia itself, which is more commonly known as Novocain.

Dr. Susan Wells DMD has been a warrior dentist practicing dentistry in Warrior, Alabama since 1978. She treats patients for all aspects of general dentistry including preventive dental care oral hygiene instruction and full scale exams and cleanings. To find out more or book an appointment, visit her site at http://DrSusanWells.com.


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