Dental instruments for dental fillings. Part II

After cleaning and preparing the cavity, the procedure of dental fillings involves utilizing certain instruments for material transfer, shaping and finishing.

Preparation of filling material

The applier is hand instrument used in preparation or mixing of powdery substances in order to obtain dental filling materials. This procedure is usually done on a glass plate or similar. The applier is used for substance mix in dentistry, pharmacy and other related lab fields. Your dentist will never use the applier inside a patient’s oral!

Materials transfer and positioning into the cavity

A condenser is used to pack filling material inside a cavity and condense it. A condenser can have one or two active tips, varying in both size and shape (round, diamond-shaped, rectangular, etc.).

Plugger see Condenser

A syringe condenser can take a limited amount of amalgam. By pressing the piston, the dentist can push the amalgam into the cavity.

An oral spatula is a hybrid instrument used in composite transfer: it can be flexible of stiff, and it usually has two active tips: a blade and a condenser. It can be made of stainless steel or plastic.

A clear plastic matrix band is a thin strip of plastic or film-like material, used in separting the teeth during an interdental filling procedure, in order to avoid gluing the material on the nearby tooth.

Shaping and modeling

A carver is a hand piece used by your dentist to cut and shape dental fillings into a form as similar as possible to the natural form of the tooth. Active tips and sizes may vary.

Curing light is used to rapidly harden resins, adhesives, sealants, etc. used in dental fillings. Modern lights have LED technology and are wireless. If the curing light your dentist is using doesn’t have protection and you haven’t been offered protective eyewear, it is better to look away or close your eyes. Your dentist will probably tell you to do so.

Polishing instrument

Nobody likes their dental fillings to feel rough or coarse.

Polishing burs are available in dozens of sizes, textures, shapes (spear, ball, disc-shaped, etc.), and materials (metal, abrasive sponges, etc.). Abrasive or cutting, these active tips have lots of applications in dentistry. Among other uses, dental burs are high-precision tools used in polishing restorative works.

Interdental files are tools used your dentist to polish the areas between your teeth, especially in interdental fillings.

Burnishers are high-precision instruments used upon completion of dental restorative treatments, for further adjustments, such as removing carver scratches, and polishing the surfaces. Active tips can be ball-shaped, cone-shaped, rotary, etc.

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