There are several types of dental instruments used in dentistry. They can be both manual and mechanical. Surgical tools are a very important part of dental practice. For this reason, when buying dental instruments, you should pay special attention to their design and shape. For example, angulated instruments may help the dentist to relieve additional stress in wrist, in contrast to straight instruments. The main purpose of mechanical instruments is an effective accomplishment of set tasks and reduction of applied efforts, time and difficulties associated with dental procedures.
Mechanical instruments include dental drills, lasers, ultrasonic scalers, and other devices. While choosing mechanical instruments, dentists should pay extra attention to such factors as instrument balance and weight. These factors would prevent further inconvenience associated with additional force to be applied due to poor balance.
Today, some manufacturers of dental instruments offer drills with handles of different length. Due to such variety it is possible to choose the instrument with less torque. It is very convenient for dentists with small hands or those, who prefer to hold the instrument closer to the drill during dental treatment. In addition, some dental instruments are fitted with optical fiber, which provides more localized light for dental treatment. All handpieces should be estimated for level of noise made by them. It must not exceed 85 decibels. When choosing the handpiece, the dentists should take into account demands of their everyday practice.
When buying manual dental instruments, dentists may choose from various handle design, balance, weight and diameters. It is better to choose manual instrument with a diameter ranging from 1/4 inch to 5/8 inch. According to recent studies, instruments with diameter up to 10 mm do not require additional force in the process of work. Light instruments also require less efforts during treatment procedure.
Usually handles of dental instruments are covered with special texture that helps to achieve a required contact between the surface and medical glove and, thus, prevents slipping out of the instrument. Moreover, some manufacturers treat instrument handles with rubber in order to increase their diameter that results in less efforts during dental manipulations.
When choosing dental pliers and forceps for tooth extraction, they should be evaluated for convenience of placing in the palm. They should not create additional pressure on nerves and cause discomfort. Good dental forceps reduce compression force applied to them during dental treatment. Moreover, dental forceps have a variety of thumb rings that fit for different clinical cases.
Many dental risks associated primarily with instrument ergonomics could arise during dental treatment. You can avoid them only with high-quality and ergonomic dental instruments. While their selecting, you should take into account not only their design, but also your preferences. Remember, that ergonomic and convenient dental instrument would create more comfort in your everyday practice.