Dental tools may be intimidating for some patients. Their sight may send chills down their spine, leading some to avoid going altogether.
Cabinet lamps can help patients and professionals navigate spaces more easily while performing their jobs more smoothly, relieving both tension and stress from both parties involved. A cabinet lamp consists of an articulated arm with head containing either halogen or LED illumination source.
Dental handpieces are used by dentists, hygienists and specialists to perform procedures, ranging from cleaning teeth to endodontic or surgical treatment. To prevent cross-contamination these instruments are sterilized after every use.
There are a wide variety of dental handpieces on the market. Some are specifically tailored for particular tasks, like an explorer used to detect caries in tooth grooves; an amalgam carrier to transfer amalgam from tray to patient; or burnishers for smoothening out amalgam fillings.
Electric handpieces provide another form of dental handpieces. Featuring built-in micromotors that can be adjusted to either high or low speeds, they’re lightweight and quiet – plus can be sterilized quickly in an autoclave which uses steam, pressure and chemical solutions to kill germs. Electric handpieces make a powerful alternative to air-driven models; however, their high speeds should be used with caution as this could cause hand fatigue.
Dental mouth mirrors are essential in the arsenal of any dentist. These intraoral instruments come in all sizes and shapes imaginable – from metal to disposable and molded handles – and even come equipped with interchangeable heads which can be quickly changed when scratched; or alternatively made so the working end is weld-mounted and cannot be easily detached for cleaning purposes.
Both types can be either flat or concave and feature the reflective surface in front or behind; those featuring it in front tend to produce less distortion and glare while deflecting light to hard-to-see spots more effectively.
Certain areas of the mouth can be hard to see even with overhead dentist’s lights, so the dental mirror can provide invaluable assistance. It can be used to move soft tissue (like tongue and cheek) out of the way or reflect light into obscure places. Furthermore, using it reduces stress on clinicians hands by eliminating awkward positioning requirements.
Sickle probes, while they may look medieval-esque and be unnerving to use at first, are effective tools in detecting oral cavities and periodontal gum diseases as well as hardened plaque deposits in your mouth. A sickle probe’s long handle with its sharp hook at its end allows it to tap on teeth quickly to locate soft spots in enamel; its hook can tap gently on teeth until soft spots in enamel surface are found; if used too roughly it could lead to cavitation if too many times it tapped too quickly; also important is keeping in mind that too much pressure can induce cavitation weakened tooth surface which can result in cavitation as weakened tooth surface surface damage from excessive force being applied too quickly or too rapidly – which would necessitate further dental exploration!
Scalers are professional tools used to remove large buildups of plaque and tartar around the teeth, such as from brushing. While brushing and flossing do remove much of this buildup, sometimes too much remains for these tools alone to handle. Sickle probes may help with small areas; scalers have similar hook-shaped hooks but are thicker and stronger to effectively clear larger accumulations of plaque and tartar buildups away.
Dental curing lights are indispensable tools when working with resin-based composites. These lights emit blue light at a wavelength that activates a polymerization initiator in the dental material to release free radicals that cause it to set and cure, significantly improving quality dental restorations. Modern dentistry relies on this technology and it has greatly enhanced quality restorations.
There are various types of dental curing lights. One of the most widely used is the tungsten halogen curing lamp. This affordable light produces blue light but may produce too much heat that damages pulpal tissue. To mitigate this problem, consider using continuous flow water, cooling with air, or waiting several seconds between curing cycles.
An ideal dental operatory light should have a wide, evenly distributed light pattern to prevent shadowing. Furthermore, an LED driver equipped with dimming functionality should convert line voltage into low-frequency output current that meets the needs of its LED package package and maintains luminance over long operating times and at high drive currents.