AN ESSENTIAL PART of dentistry is having the right tools for the job. These tools are what make it possible for us to take care of our patients’ teeth, so we wanted to give them some time in the spotlight.
Tried And True Dental Instruments
A mouth mirror or dentist’s mirror is an instrument that has been used in dentistry for a very long time. Three of its most important functions are allowing indirect vision by the dentist, reflecting light onto desired surfaces, and retraction of soft tissues.
Indirect vision is needed in certain locations of the mouth where visibility is difficult or impossible. Other areas of the mouth can be viewed more readily with the mouth mirror, even though it would be possible to see them if the dentist or dental hygienist adjusted their body into a poor position. Without the mouth mirror, poor body positioning would occur daily and lead to chronic postural problems, especially of the back and neck.
There are other areas of the mouth where lighting is difficult, even with overhead dentists’ lights. In these instances, the mouth mirror is used to reflect light onto those surfaces. This is especially useful if the mirror is simultaneously being used for indirect vision of an obscure area.
Additionally, the mouth mirror is used to retract tissues, such as the tongue or cheeks, to gain better visualization of the teeth.
Advances In Dental Equipment
Dentistry has come a long way. We now have digital x-rays, lasers, computers, and intra oral cameras. The advances in dental equipment allow our office to spend less time developing x-rays or writing down notes in a chart or book, and spend more time with the patients. We are able to provide patients with a comfortable and personal visit. We are producing less waste for the environment and are able to see and do more with the technology we have.
Our Doc’s Favorite Tools
Our Doc’s favourite tool is the Intra Oral Camera. This small device allows us to take pictures of your teeth and view them on our television. A picture is worth a thousand words, and our patients are actually able to see what it is we are concerned about and understand the treatment we are recommending.
These Tools Are For You!
All these tools we use in our practice are there to benefit you, our patients. Our top priority is giving your smile the care it needs to stay healthy for life. Make sure you’re scheduling your regular dental appointments so that you can take full advantage of our practice’s tools and expertise!
We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.