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Chapter 34 Dental Hand Instruments
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Used for indirect look into the mouth, to reflect light, and to retract lips, cheeks, and tongue.
The thin tip enables the operator to use tactile sensitivity to distinguish areas of calculus or decay from discrepancies on the surfaces of teeth.
Used to carry, place, and retrieve small objects, such as cotton pellets, gingival retraction cord, matrix bands, and wedges, to and from the mouth.
Used to measure the sulcus or pocket depth of the periodontium of each tooth.
Used for removal of soft dentin, debris, and decay from the tooth.
Used to prepare the tooth and to plane the walls and floors of the tooth preparation with a push-pull action.
Used most often to break down the enamel margin of the tooth preparation, to form sharp lines and point angles, and to place retention grooves.
Used to cut enamel and to smooth the walls and floors of the tooth preparation.
Gingival Margin Trimmer
Used to cut enamel and to place bevels along the gingival enamel margins of the preparation.
A double-ended instrument designed with wells on either end that is used to pack freshly mixed amalgam and carry it to the prepared tooth.
Used to condense (pack down) freshly placed amalgam into the preparation.
Used to smooth the surface of a freshly placed amalgam restoration.
Especially useful for carving of the occlusal surfaces.
Composite Placement Instrument
Designed specifically for the placement of composite restorative materials.
One end is a "paddle" that is used for carrying dental materials to the prepared tooth structure. The other end is a nib, which resembles a condenser.
Used to contour or remove excess material interproximally.
Designed with a sharp edge for the removal of excess restorative material along the margin where the material and the tooth structure meet.
Used for most procedures in which a dental material is involved.
Useful for many tasks, such as cutting dental dam material, retraction cord, and stainless steel crowns.
The newly mixed amalgam is placed in the well; it is then picked up in the carrier for transfer to the dentist.
Useful for carrying cotton products to and from the oral cavity, for removing the matrix band, and for placing and removing the wedge.
Articulating Paper Holder
Used to hold and carry articulating paper to the mouth.
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