Most people know that it’s important to take care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth are vital tactics for maintaining healthy teeth, but so are regular visits to a dental clinic. So why do most people avoid making dentist appointments?
Some people see a visit to the dentist as intimidating – they have a mental image of a tray of scary, sharp objects sitting next to the patient’s chair. But with regular dental visits as part of your preventive dental care plan, you will likely have a better chance of avoiding lengthy dental procedures. As for those “scary” tools – once you know what some of the more commonly used dental instruments do, they seem a lot less frightening. Here is a brief overview of the types of dental instruments found in most dental offices – and how they’re used:
– Dental Mirrors: Dental mirrors are the small, round, angled mirrors that dentists use to see hard-to-view areas like the back of your teeth.
– Dental Explorer: This instrument has a long, thin handle with a small, pointed hook at its end. Dentist and dental hygienists use the dental explorer to examine the surface of your teeth, feeling for soft areas that might indicate tooth decay.
– Periodontal Probe: This tool is used for measuring the depth of pockets between the gum and teeth. The periodontal probe is straight and thin with a blunted end, and is engraved with markings that help take accurate measurements.
– Periodontal Scalers and Curettes: These instruments are used to remove tartar (also called calculus) from tooth surfaces. Scalers are used above the gum line, while curettes are used below it.
Beyond these tools, there are dental excavators, dental burnishers, forceps, and dental elevators. If you have questions about the different dental tools, don’t be afraid to ask your Apple Valley dentist at Dakota Dental at your next appointment. The dentists at Dakota Dental are happy to help you feel more comfortable about your visit! No matter the type of dental service, Dakota Dental makes your comfort a top priority.