The dental industry can sound like a foreign language with its long list of names and terms of dental instruments. If interested in pursuing a career in dentistry, or if interested due to an upcoming dental procedure, there are many terms to know.
Names and Terms of Dental Instruments: Examination Instruments

Drills: Used to cut away at tooth and or artificial tooth material.

Probe: Measures gum pocket depths to evaluate the health of the gum tissue.

Dental Mirror: Allows mirror image view of teeth where view might otherwise not be available due to teeth and mouth positioning.

Retractors and Mouth Props: Retractors allow the dentist to pull a portion of the mouth away to better allow access to another area of the mouth, such as a molar. Props keep the mouth open during procedures.

Burs: Smooth away rough edges of teeth.
Names and Terms of Dental Instruments: Restorative Instruments

Pluggers: Generally used in root canal treatments to plug the nerve canal once the nerve is extracted.

Periodontal Scalers: Used to clean and remove items between teeth.

Excavators: Used to eliminate (usually) soft, rotten decay within the mouth.

Curettes: Very similar to scalers but are meant more for gum work.

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