Friday, August 8, 2014

Instruments of a Dental Office

When you go to your dentist, do you ever wonder what those tools going into your mouth are used for? They can be pointy, sharp, loud and very scary looking! We are here to put your fears to rest! These tools are simple and were made to make your dental visit pain-free.

The prophy cup polishes teeth after cleaning 

 An explorer detects breaks in enamel

A perio probe measures sulcus depth

 The high speed handpiece prepares teeth for fillings, etc

The slow speed handpiece removes soft decay

The sonic scaler cleans teeth quickly and easily

The Micro Air-Abrasion handpiece prepares teeth for fillings

 The high velocity suction removes water quickly

 The slow speed suction keeps the mouth dry

 The curing light is used to harden white fillings

The air/water syringe squirts air and/or water

Takes diagnostic x-rays of your teeth 

These tools help make modern dentistry possible! You can come for your dental appointment without worry of pain!

Here are some antique dental tools that, thankfully, no longer are used!

Douglas Lever: a combination of elevator and forceps

Clockwork Drill: the first drill that could rotate continuously to remove damage from a tooth

Civil War era set of dental forceps: the drill in the center telescoped to work on the root of the tooth being extracted. Can you believe that during this time, the dental anesthetic still had not been popularized?! Ouch!

If you have any questions about what instruments Omni Dental uses or how we use it, please feel free to check out our website or give us a call at 512-250-5012

Check out this article for a more in-depth look at antique dental tools:


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