Investigating Everything Your Dentist Is Putting In Your Mouth

I tend to zone out a bit in the dental chair. Unless there’s serious work being done, it’s mostly just a matter of passing the time. Once I’ve read all the posters on the wall and the ceiling and thought through every movie I’ve seen recently, I still often have a bit of time to kill. With my mouth open, there’s little chance of a decent conversation, so I often get to thinking about those tools that end up in my mouth, cleaning and fixing my teeth.

What are those things?

Thankfully, I didn’t have to spend much time researching the answer. Babylon Dental Care did it for me.

A lot of the tools are as obvious as you think. There’s the suction device to clean out saliva and spray water. There’s the mouth mirror to give the dentist a better view of what’s going on in there at every angle. There’s the lead smock you wear when getting X-Rays, which helps you avoid too much radiation.

Then there are a whole set of tools that do the actual scraping and cleaning for you. Those include a whole series of probes, scalers, and curettes, which get used for different purposes depending on what’s going on with your tooth.

Once you get beyond the basic cleaning, though, it gets more interesting. You may get a mold of your teeth that provides the dentist with an accurate cast of your teeth so they can see exactly what’s going on. Serious dental work will include a syringe and local anesthetic to numb you and help you avoid pain.

Then you have drills that can remove decay and a spoon excavator that can remove soft decay. Finally, you might see a burnisher, which will remove scratches to your tooth.

Really, that’s about it. The thing is, even knowing the names and general purposes of all those objects doesn’t quite tell you how to use them. But, I suppose that’s why you need a quality dental education to take care of someone’s teeth.

Still, it’s interesting to have a little insight into the tools and the purposes of those tools while you’re sitting in that chair next time. It might allow you to pay more attention to what your dental assistant or dentist is doing. In my experience, it made the time go by faster because I was much more engaged, thinking about the choices my dentist was making and how they were using the tools I now recognized.

It’s fascinating, and it almost makes me want to really dig into dental work to get a more profound understanding of what those tools are capable of. Almost. I think I’ll probably let the professionals handle the really complicated stuff. For now, I’ll just stick to what I know and get back to reading the posters in the room.