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Periodontic Instruments and Their Uses

Posted on 8/22/2022 by Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center
Periodontic Instruments and Their UsesPeriodontic instruments are used in the treatment of patients with periodontal disease. These dental instruments help with probing and scaling and gently lift and remove pockets of buildup and debris that cause gingivitis. Every patient is different, so it's important to diagnose the problem by properly evaluating oral health. This blog takes you through the diagnostic techniques and instruments used in a periodontic exam, demonstrating why they're necessary to cure serious diseases caused by neglect of proper oral hygiene and improper brushing techniques.

Periodontal Probe

The periodontal probe is a thin, flat blade used to measure the depth of pockets in the gums, which can indicate periodontal disease. The probe is inserted into the pocket until resistance is felt; then, it is withdrawn, and its depth is measured with a ruler or calipers. Probes measure from 0 to 10 millimeters.

Dental Explorers

A dental explorer is a small, pointed metal instrument with a sharp edge on one end. Your periodontist uses it to determine if any pockets or infected areas in your gums need treatment. In addition, it can also help determine how far back an infection has spread from its source. The explorer may also be used with other instruments, such as dental curettes.

Dental Curette

A dental curette is a single-use instrument designed to help the dentist remove the soft tissue from around the tooth. It is used in conjunction with a curette handle, which may be attached to a drill or other rotary instrument. Curettes come in different sizes and shapes. Some have curved blades that can remove calculus from teeth, while others have sharp blades for removing tartar and cleaning out root canals. Also, they are used to scrape away excess cement that has been applied during dental procedures like fillings or crowns.

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