Dental instruments are used by the dentist and his or her staff during dental procedures. Instruments help dentists diagnose and treat dental disease. Each is created with a specific purpose in mind. Oral health care practitioners employ a variety of dental devices in their various jobs and expertise. Different treatment methods require different sorts of tools. During an examination, a general dentist may utilize the following diagnostic instruments.
· Cotton pliers are used to place cotton rolls or plugets in the mouth to dry it out.
· Mouth mirror: used to see places that are difficult to see, such as the roof of the mouth, behind the molars, and behind the front teeth.
· Probes: these are used to determine the depth of periodontal pockets or sulci.
· Explorers are used to discover dental cavities in the grooves and pits of teeth.
The following instruments may be utilized during restorative treatment:
· Excavators are used to remove little bits of deterioration around the nerve.
· Brush holders: used to hold small brushes and reach deep into the mouth.
· Carvers: for shaping the amalgam filling to the tooth's form.
· Plungers: used to place amalgam fillings deep inside the tooth that has been excavated.
· Syringes: for cleaning excavated teeth with sterile water, and so on.