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A Brief Guide On Dental Tools

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A Brief Guide On Dental Tools

Walking into a dentist’s office is a frightening experience for many patients. The anxiety worsens at the sight of sharp and pointy tools that will obviously go into the mouth. However, walking into Vita Dental Spring does not have to be a scary experience. In this article, we will explain some of the shiny tools you find in our offices and their uses. Believe it or not, none of these tools is placed there to scare or harm you but is there for your own benefit.

Mouth Mirror

This is one of the safest and least scary items you will find at Vita Dental Spring. It is a small mirror attached to a metal stick. If you have visited a dentist before, then you have probably seen them use a mirror when looking into the mouth. This is because the mirror helps dentists see areas of the mouth that are impossible to view at certain angles, and also look for cavities. In fact, a majority of the upper teeth are easier to observe with the help of a mirror. The mirror is also used to push your tongue and cheeks aside during observations to avoid the use of hands.

A Sickle Probe

As you probably guessed, this tool is actually shaped like a small sickle. It has a small pointed hook at the end and is used to explore the mouth. The dentist uses this tool to look for cavities and look for periodontal diseases. It is also useful in scarping away plaque and tartar. If you have cavities, the dentist will use the sickle probe to confirm.

A Scaler

A sickle probe can be used to remove small areas of plaque buildup, but a scaler is more effective for areas with large plaque buildup. A scaler is used to clean up little particles of sugars and acids that stick to the teeth and require intense cleaning. Excessive scale buildup causes tooth decay and gum disease, and it is, therefore, important to go for a cleaning. The procedure may be uncomfortable but will save your teeth in the long run.

The Suction Device

When you walk into Vita Dental Spring, you will see a long tube attached to a vacuum, kept close to the procedure chair. In fact, many of us have had a device with a whooshing sound in our mouths several times. This is a suction device that is used to eject saliva from your mouth and create a dry platform for the dentist to work in. The sound may be alarming, but you should not be scared of this device. Dental procedures often have saliva buildup and suction will be required from time to time.

Dental Drill

Having a drill in your mouth is not a pleasant event, but you can be assured that the dentist will not drill your head off. The dental drill is an effective way to remove tooth decay before filling. The procedure is completely painless because the dentist will administer a local anesthetic. Also, the drill continuously ejects water to prevent heat from accumulating and burning you. Apart from the unpleasant vibrations, you have nothing else to worry about.

Dental Syringe

Before any procedure that involves pain, the dentist at Vita Dental Spring will administer a local anesthetic using a dental syringe. It is longer and bigger than other needles because its easier to use it that way. The long needle allows the dentist to hit the right spot. There will be some discomfort at the beginning, but once the anesthesia kicks in, everything should be completely painless. Many dentists also administer a topical anesthetic to numb the prick of the dental syringe.

Dental Forceps

Dental Forceps are used during tooth extraction. The dentist may have different sizes and shapes of forceps on a tray because usage depends on the type of tooth being extracted. The forceps make it easier for a dentist to pull out a rotten or broken tooth. If you are going for tooth extraction, remember that the dentist will administer anesthesia, which makes the extraction painless.


If you need a crown or a mouth guard, the dentist will need a mold of your teeth. The mold will help in the creation of a perfect crown that fits your mouth. The mold has a soft substance that the dentist will ask you to bite down on and leave an impression. The substance does not have a good taste, but you can tolerate it for a few seconds.


The dentist will always ensure that each of the tools used during your procedure is cleaned and sterilized. You do not have to worry about catching an infection. Also, the presence of sharp tools on the dentist’s tray does not mean that they will be used on you. Only after a consultation can a dentist determine the kind of treatment you require.

Now that you know and understand what some of the tools are, do not be afraid of going for an appointment. If you are in need of cleaning, filling, or a tooth extraction, visit Vita Dental Spring today for consultation and treatment.