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There are many people who suffer from dental anxiety. Dental anxiety brings on a feeling of undue stress during regular dental procedures. Some people who suffer from dental anxiety feel a sense of helplessness that results from not understanding the procedures at hand or the tools being used.

Learning a little bit more about common dental tools can go a long way toward helping you feel empowered while also giving you the ability to ask informed questions. So, here is the information you need to learn all about the common dental tools found in a dental office:

  • Dental mirrors are small mirrors at the end of a shaft that are inserted into the mouth to help dental professionals get a better view of hard-to-see locations.
  • Dental explorers are small, pointed tools that have a small hook on each end. The points help dental professionals test parts of your teeth for softness and potential decay.
  • Periodontal probes look somewhat similar to explorers, except they have short, blunt ends that allow the dental professional to take accurate measurements inside the mouth.
  • Scalers and curettes look similar to probes, except they are used to remove tartar from your teeth during a routine dental cleaning. Scalers are used to remove tartar above the gum line while curettes remove tartar from below the gum line.
  • Dental polishers are mildly abrasive and help polish teeth and reduce mild staining after the tartar has been removed.
  • A high-speed hand piece or a dentist’s drill is equipped with a bur. This tool allows the dentist to remove tooth decay prior to filling a cavity.

If you have any questions about the tools being used during a checkup or a procedure, please feel free to ask about it. Your comfort is important to us!