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A SHORT GUIDE ON ESSENTIAL DENTAL EQUIPMENT

From examining the patients’ teeth to performing surgery, dentists need specific essential tools to execute their actions. Each instrument has its significance and functionality. Interestingly, most patients freak out when they see the dental equipment like autoclave because of their ignorance about the apparatuses’ functionalities. The next time a patient walks into a dentist’s clinic, he/she will not be much anxious as this article would familiarize them with the dental apparatuses that a dentist usually handles.

Here is a brief guide on the essential dental equipment that one usually comes across in a dental clinic.

DENTAL AUTOCLAVES

A dental autoclave is a mandatory tool in dental practice. It sterilizes the instruments and makes them virus-free and bacteria-free. In Australia, leading companies like Ivoclar Vivadent supply high-quality autoclaves to meet the dentists’ needs. They are also known as steam sterilizers since they use air pressure and temperature to remove the harmful viruses and bacteria from other equipment.

MOUTH MIRROR

Mouth mirror has multiple functions. The head of the mirror is round in shape and is available in various sizes. The mirror is connected to a metal rod. It enables dentists to reach out to parts of the mouth where visibility is minimal. They often aid the dentists in quickly discovering tooth decay and similar oral issues that require proper treatment. They facilitate vision by reflecting light into surfaces where visibility is marginal.

SCALER

Scalers are essential tools in periodontal therapy. Though they are available in various sizes and shapes, scalers are always thin at the tip, to provide access to contracted areas between teeth. Their narrow tip enables dentists to remove dental calculus from the patient’s teeth in a gentle manner, without causing any damage to the teeth. Treatment with the advanced ultrasonic scalers is very smooth and less time-consuming. Ultrasonic scalers have a spray at the tip which helps in effective removal of dental plaque. Due to the effective use of technology, they also leave little or no room for injury.

DRILL

Dental drills are hand-held instruments that allow the dentists to perform specific standard oral procedures with ease. They are used in almost every kind of dental activity like removing the decay, shaping teeth structure, cavity filling etc. The equipment uses rotational force for its operation, and that is why the patients can hear that high-pitch whining sound when the machine starts to function. The light and the cooling system (water sprayer) enhances visibility and precision during surgical procedures.

DENTAL EXPLORER/SICKLE PROBE

Dental explorer, also known as a sickle probe, is a sharp-pointed instrument used to inspect the spaces between the teeth, examine cavities, and get rid of tartar and plaque. A long handle is attached to a sharp hook at the instrument’s tip to inspect cavities and scrape away the plaques.

DENTAL SYRINGES

They are usually longer than the standard syringes, allowing the dentists so reach out to the exact spot during anaesthesia. The needles used in a dental syringe are unique, and a numbing agent will be injected into the mouth to lessen the pain during specific procedures.

TWEEZERS

Tweezers transfer objects to and from the mouth effectively. Locking and non-locking kinds of tweezers are available in the market. The functioning ends come in wide-ranging styles like jagged, curved, smooth or straight.

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