Dental Equipment: A Guide for Nervous Patients
Going to the dentist is always a scary and overwhelming outing. Partly because patients simply don’t know what to except or maybe are unfamiliar with all the strange tools being used on them. As dentists, we always want our clients’ experience with us to be a pleasant one. Read on to learn more about how to explain these not-so-scary tools being used on them.
- A mouth mirror is simply used for your dentist to be able to see those hard to reach places in the back of your mouth.
- A scaler is a hook-shaped tool used to remove tartar from off your teeth.
- Curette’s are also used to remove tartar. They are shaped differently to remove tartar from below your gum line.
- A burnisher is used to polish and smooth your teeth after the tartar is removed.
- Your dentist will use a suction hose to remove uncomfortable debris from your mouth that makes it hard for him to work.
- A dental drill can be far from pleasant. Dentists use drills to remove debris from your teeth before putting in a filling.
- A spoon excavator is used to remove debris off a soft tooth. It is a small spoon-shaped tool.
- When your dentist can’t see the problem with his eye, he or she will use an x-ray. An x-ray is completely painless and helps to provide a more detailed view of your teeth and jaw.
- A mold is used to create an imprint of your teeth. The impression will be filled with plaster and create a perfect model of your teeth.
Now that your patients are more educated on the variety of tools being used on them, we hope their next visit won’t be as nerve-wracking. Remember to make your patients feel comfortable and do everything in your power to put their mind at ease.