Ever Wonder About the Frightening Tools Your Dentist Uses in Your Mouth?
When you walk into a dentist’s office, the whirr of a drill or the sharp hook of a device can send chills down your spine. It can even cause some of us to fear the dentist, which makes for an unpleasant trip each time you have to go.
However, by knowing what each tool does, you might be less anxious when you open your mouth. So today we’re sharing a brief guide to help you understand basic dental tools, and assist in calming your nerves.
Mouth Mirror: This is a small mirror that allows the dentist to view places in the mouth that are difficult to see, making it easier to detect tooth decay or other potential oral problems that would otherwise go undetected.
Sickle Probe: One of the scarier dental tools, it’s beneficial in finding signs of cavities or gum disease. It has a long handle with a sharp-looking hook on the end and it is primarily used to explore the pockets between teeth
Scaler: Most patients who require scaling have more significant issues with periodontal disease, but everyone experiences some form of plaque buildup. A scaler scrapes off excess plaque, which will prevent you from losing your teeth to decay.
Saliva Ejector or Suction Device: When a dentist is exploring your mouth, they often need a dry surface. A suction device is a long tube attached to a vacuum that removes saliva from your mouth.
Dental Drill: While the dental drill can feel uncomfortable because of vibrations on your teeth, it’s usually not painful when you receive a local anesthetic.
Dental Syringe: The dental syringe numbs your mouth. They’re a bit longer than a typical needle or syringe so the dentist can target the correct spot when administering the anesthetic.
Molds: These molds are small frames filled with a soft substance and are placed in your mouth. When you bite down, it provides a perfect mold of your teeth.
Now that you know a bit more about the tools that go into routine dental practices, you don’t have to fear them. In the hands of your dental professionals, these tools are harmless, and the ones that sound or look menacing are typically offset by something, such as an anesthetic, that will help you to remain comfortable.
With that in mind, call our office today to schedule an appointment so we can discuss your dental health goals and solutions.