Common Dental Tools You May See in Your Dentist’s Office

When you make your trip to the dentist, things can be a bit uncertain and scary if you’re just not good with doctor’s offices in general. And when you have to lay back in the chair, exposed to everything and all sorts of tools are being used on your mouth? That isn’t always the most fun thing to experience in the world. You’re tense. You’re likely sweating. And you’re overall just not enjoying the twinges of pain that you feel when your dentist is poking around your mouth.

But maybe it helps to learn some of the tools dentists use. The more you know about their instruments, the more you may be comfortable in a chair with them and not feel like everything is so foreign to you. Go ahead and read on to check out some of the most common tools dentists use. These are the tools you experience every time you’re in, meaning you’ll have no problem recognizing each.

Sickle probe.

We’re starting with the most dreaded tool of them all simply because you’ll recognize it first. This is the “pick” looking thing that has a sharp hook on the end of the metal stick. Dentists use this to get into the pockets in your teeth and to see if you have cavities (as well as scraping away any plaque in hard to reach areas).

Mouth mirror.

It’s just like it sounds and exactly what you would expect. It’s also probably your favorite tool of them all simply because it doesn’t cause you any pain and is actually quite pleasant in comparison to other tools. This allows your dentist to see into your mouth at angles that wouldn’t be possible normally.

Suction device.

Again, this isn’t a scary tool by any means. It’s loud, sure, but it just serves to suck up any saliva that may escape as your mouth is open for awhile. You actually should appreciate this tool, because without it, it would be very uncomfortable for you with saliva built up near your throat when it’s already hard to swallow.

Dental drill.

And for last, we saved the “scariest” tool of them all. The drill is used for drilling out tooth decay before a cavity is filled. Would you have guessed that this machine spins at a quarter of a million revolutions per minute? That is absolutely insane to me, considering that’s 250 times faster than your car’s engine when it idles. Also, this thing spins so fast that water is needed to spray on your tooth as it works, otherwise the heat from the friction on your tooth could damage your teeth.

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