A Medical Student’s Guide to Dental Equipment

You may be studying in college to be a dentist or might have got a doctor of medicine in dentistry award. Or, you have already graduated and planning on starting your clinic as a certified dentist. So to help you, here is a list of dental equipment you will need when starting your dental clinic.

1. Dental Probe

There are various types of dental probes, and their function is to examine the mouth and ensure that the patients’ teeth are aligned.

● Sickle Probe

This dental equipment helps the dentist locate different oral issues, especially cavities. Dentists use sickle probes to check the gaps between teeth and scrape away plaques and tartars.

● Periodontal Probe

A periodontal probe measures the gap between the periodontal pocket and the free gingival border.

2. Mouth Mirror

This equipment is a tiny mirror linked to a metal rod. Meanwhile, the dentist will probably need to look at the patient’s mouth’s interior, and it includes the back of the teeth. As such, this mirror will let them view the mouth from different angles, making it easier to spot possible issues.

3. Dental Drill

This piece of equipment is enough to scare patients just by its sound. Meanwhile, its function is to remove tooth decay before filling the teeth cavity. The patient may feel unusual because of the vibrations, but it does not hurt if they receive their anaesthesia.

4. Anaesthetic

Dentists apply anaesthesia in the patient’s mouth, causing their mouth to go numb, devoiding their feeling of pain. This will make the procedure smoother and easier for the patient.

5. Moulds

Moulds help the dentist create a 3D model of the patient’s teeth, including their cavities. And dentists can use moulds to identify issues and develop braces, mouth guards, and caps. Meanwhile, moulds have a terrible taste, but the patients probably can tolerate them for just a few seconds.

6. Scaler

Scalers are more important for removing a larger accumulation of tartar and plaque. Most patients requiring scaling have more severe periodontal disease, although everyone has experienced plaque accumulation.

While flossing and brushing help eliminate some of this plaque, plaque can harden to the level that brushing cannot eradicate; thus, a dentist must gently scrape it out with this equipment.

7. Dental Syringe

The dentist uses this syringe to inject the anaesthesia into the specific part of the oral cavity of the patient.

8. Suction Device or Saliva Ejector

Debris and saliva can accumulate in the patient’s mouth during operations. This build-up makes it harder for the dentist. Therefore, dentists use little hoses to eliminate obstruction in the patient’s mouth.

9. X-Ray

Sometimes the dentist can’t quickly determine the problem and needs the help of an x-ray. It shows the bones and teeth in more detail. And without using an x-ray, dentists can’t easily detect issues such as early signs of decay.

10. Spoon Excavator

A dental drill is not required when the substance in a dental cavity is soft. Instead, dentists remove this kind of decay with spoon excavators.

11. Dental Operatory Light

Dentists need lights to see and operate clearly. Therefore, they often mount this equipment on the ceiling, delivery system, walls, or cabinets, and it has different options for their arm swings.

Meanwhile, various lights have different coloured lux and temperatures, so make sure these will work with the other lighting in the operation room.

You will still find a lot of equipment when searching online. And these are just the essential equipment every dentist must have in their dental clinic.

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