Are you one of those patients that tense up as soon as you step foot in your dentists’ chair and see the tools they have properly sterilized for you? It’s totally fine, if you are. No judgment zone here! We just want you to understand that the tools we use at our office. Even though some of the tools we use may look intimidating and painful they play a crucial part in assisting us in providing you with an accurate diagnosis of your oral health. Believe it or not they care about your oral health too! Check out this list of tools we have below so you can learn about how these tools aid us in giving you an accurate oral health diagnosis.
Drills may just be the tool majority of patients dislike but they serve many purposes depending on the type of drill. Dentist use a variety of drills depending upon the service. You should find comfort in knowing that drills help us relieve you of those painful cavities, repair those annoying chips you may get on your teeth, and even remove plaque buildup. We use drills to combat some of the most annoying and unhealthy oral issues you experience. Yes, they are noisy but can you blame them, they have a big job to do.
Here at Dr. Peter Castellana’s dentist office we take safety very seriously. So much so that we use the recommended standard sterilization processes from Occupation Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), American Dental Association (ADA) and The Center for Disease Control (CDC). From gloves to clean lab coats to our actual sterilization process itself maintaining cleanliness is one of our top priorities.
The mouth mirror is one of the 1st tools a dentist uses to access your teeth. The mouth mirror has been designed to give dentists a closer and better view of your mouth. We’re sure you already love the mouth mirror because it’s painless and doesn’t make any unusual noises. That’s great! Hopefully by the end of this post you will love all of the other tools on this list as well.
Do you remember seeing a tool with a very thin metal rod and curved hook? Well that’s the probe. Depending on the type of probe used we may use the probe to check plaque and tartar levels on your teeth, to clean around your gums and to access your cavities. Yes, the probe works wonders too.
This tool is my personal favorite. I love how it functions. The saliva ejector is the tool that sucks excess saliva, removes blood, debris or water. Amazing I know! Can you imagine what we would do without it? I don’t want to imagine that either.
X-rays are very vital in every dentist office. X-rays provide dentist with accurate readings by exposing the extent of your problem area or showing them other areas of your mouth that may need closer attention. X-rays reveal what the eyes can’t see via a topical view. Sometimes we may need you to get flexible in order to get a proper X-ray reading no need to freight; we just want to make sure we get the most accurate results so we can provide you with the best solution.
Now that you have some basic knowledge about the tools we use hopefully you will find solace and comfort during your next visit knowing that these tools are doing their job to assist you in achieving or maintaining a healthy mouth. Next time you go to your dentist appointment relax and let the tools do their job. They have your best interest at heart just like us here at Dr. Peter Castellana’s dentist office.