One of the biggest reasons people seem to have innate fear of going to the dentist is that as soon as they walk into one of the examination rooms they see all of this equipment and an array of tools that look like something out of a horror movie or torture chamber.
That alone is enough to scare people off from going to a visit to the dentist as the worry about what the doctor is going to do with all of those gadgets. It is good for you to have a general understanding of what some of the basic instruments that a dentist uses are so that you can be aware of what will be done and have less of a fear of getting a check-up or have work done.
The first thing you are likely to notice is the dental chair. The chairs are designed today to provide more comfort for the patient and to make things easier for the dentist to perform an exam or work on your teeth. Many of the chairs today are equipped with computer monitors or LCD screens so that the patient can see digital x-rays or camera views along with the dentist so that you can be aware of exactly what is being viewed, what the processes are and what the dentist is advising.
You more than likely have also seen the saliva ejector and have had experience of it being placed in your mouth. This tool acts as a vacuum for the dentist so the doctor may suction out any excess saliva that can get in the way of an exam or procedure. This tool makes it much easier for the dentist and will not take all of the moisture out of your mouth; it is only designed to remove excess that is created because of the position of your mouth being open for an extended period.
You have probably seen that tray of instruments sitting there and have wondered what is going to happen next. The tools there are basic dental instruments such as a mouth mirror, which is used by the dentist to get a better look into your mouth in areas that may be hard to view, particularly all the way in the back of your mouth. It allows them to check for cavities and other problems that may be hard to find back there.
You will also see a dental explorer, which is a metal tool with a small hook. This tool can be used by the dentist as a scraper to help remove any light tartar or plaque and can also serve as a way to check the sensation of your teeth to help detect any sensitivity, decay or cavities. There is also a probe that is used to help check and measure the pockets that are in between your teeth to check for gum problems such as periodontitis.
If you are having any work done, you will likely see the dental excavator and dental drill as well. The excavator is designed to help remove tooth decay when you are having a cavity filled and is available in a variety of shapes designed to fit the different types of teeth in your mouth. The dental drill has many different tips known as dental burs that can be used to help in penetrating a tooth to remove a cavity so that it can be filled with some type of resin or amalgam.
When you visit the dentist, knowing what the tools are and what they are used for can help to put you at ease during the examination process. You can always ask your dentist what the specific tools and instruments are and what they are used for so you can gain a better understanding about what each can do and how they can help in the proper treatment of your teeth.