If you have been to a dental exam or cleaning lately, you have noticed the many tools that dentists use and that fill the exam room. Some may be easy to identify like the x-ray machine, gloves, or a mirror, but some of them may have more complicated names and uses. The more you know about the tools of the dental office, the less intimidating and scary they can look.
Here are some common dental tools and what they are used for in our office. If you have any questions about the tools or equipment that is being used during your cleaning, ask your dentist to explain it or talk about what they are doing in your mouth.
This is a tool that you have most likely seen the most. This is one of the least scary or intimidating tools in the dental office. It is used to look around your mouth and jaw and gently move your tongue and cheeks out of the way while the dentist examines your teeth. A mirror helps the dentist to be able to see the inner corners of your mouth.
Also called the ‘dental explorer’ this tool is used to detect cavities in the teeth or other oral issues. This can come in a variety of lengths and sizes and analyze the hardness of your teeth. Dentists use this probe to scrape and poke areas of teeth to remove tarter and plaque and scrape between teeth.
These tools are used to treat plague issues, periodontal disease, and other buildups that can’t be scraped with a probe. Scalers help to remove buildup that can not be reached with flossing and brushing. These help you to get a deeper clean and help the dentist to remove bacteria and prevent tooth decay.
Ultrasonic Tooth Cleaner
This is a new development and is used more over regular manual scalers. This uses vibrations and a stream of water to help break up the plaque and debris on your teeth during your cleaning. This involves less scraping and can cause less discomfort for the patient.
Saliva Ejector Or Suction Device
In a dental office, there are multiple options for suction devices. The saliva ejector uses a low level of suction and is in a J shape that allows it to hang in your mouth instead of being held. Other suction devices can be used to suck up tarter, tooth fragments, or fillings while the dentist is working.
This drill is used to remove decayed parts of teeth and can be scary for many. The drill also includes a stream of water that helps to keep the drill from getting too hot and leading to more tooth damage. Drills are usually used in partnership with anesthetic or numbing agents to help prevent discomfort in the roots and nerves of your teeth.
In order to deliver numbing or anesthetic, dentists need a syringe with a needle. Some discomfort comes with the injection, but the numbing comes soon after the shot. Dentists use the syringe to hold the liquid and make sure they put the anesthetic in just the right place.
If you are needing a crown or mouthguard, the dentist will use a mold to frame your teeth and get all the correct divots and ridges in your teeth. You will bite down into the material and will create the perfect mold for your teeth. They can also provide flavored versions that are better for kids or those who can not tolerate the taste.
We are always welcoming new patients and work hard to bring you the best dental care. Our Dr. Ryder Waldron and our team are committed to serving you and your family. We want you to understand what treatment that you are receiving and what we are working on in your mouth. We can answer any questions about tools, anesthesia, drilling, fluoride, or cosmetic dentistry.
Located in Sunset Utah, we have many testimonials from other Sunset residents that recommend our services. If you are in need of a cleaning or more of an extensive procedure like dentures or tooth extractions, contact Sunset Dental today!