Dental Instruments: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Dentists do wonder to people’s teeth. There is no question to that. Whether for aesthetic, reconstruction, or extraction purposes, they sure live up to their title as teeth doctors. Of course, we can’t expect every dentist to be exceptional. However, as long as he is good in using his dental instruments for operations, that is also well for most of us. The mouth is small, so dental operations must be done with care and precision. Mind you, these instruments and operations are not to be handled lightly.

Through inexperienced eyes, dental operations can be revolting and bone chilling, especially to those who have serious cases of sensitive teeth. Have you ever seen any documentary on dental procedures and operations? If you have, I believe you will agree at how appalling these dental instruments are when used in various operations. As a heads up, these are my sentiments—someone who has no tolerance whatsoever with drills on teeth or forceps forcibly extracting the tooth from its roots.

The good

Of course, there are harmless instruments in the dentist’s kit. To name a few, there is the dental mirror, the explorer, and the air/water tip. As the name suggests, the dental mirror is a small mirror the dentist uses to check portions of the mouth. The explorer is used to check soft spots around the teeth. It can also be sued to scrape off plaque on the teeth’s surface. The dentist sprays the air/water tip to specific portions of the mouth. Other people might even enjoy the air/water tip procedure. I mean, what is not fun in feeling squirts of water in your mouth?

The bad

“If it can still be saved, save it.” This is the creed of most doctors. Teeth doctors are no alien to this belief. That is why there are several reconstruction procedures—such as fillings, bonding, shaping, and crowning—made for the teeth. The instruments used for these procedures include the drill and the plugger. The drill is used to clear the tooth of any decay build-up. Imagine how that is like to a person with sensitive teeth. Yes, there is anesthesia, but just the thought of a drill in one’s tooth is enough to make some people shudder. I for one cannot stand the feel of metal scraping my teeth. My skin scrawls just thinking about it.

The ugly

When the tooth is too decayed to save, the only thing left to do is extraction. This procedure is the ugliest to picture in one’s mind. There are three primary extraction instruments—the Wilson, the elevators, and the forceps. Imagine the Wilson prying back the gums that surround the damaged tooth. Can you imagine the blood? I believe the blood is even worse if the patient is suffering from gingivitis. To paint a more morbid picture, the extractors dig inside the gums to lift the tooth, making it ready for extraction. I sure am thankful for anesthesia in dental procedures. I might still manage though. I will just promptly faint without it.

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    Thomas Neal

    Thomas Neal was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He was a bookseller before shifting to publishing where he worked at a literary development company, a creative writing website for millennials, and as a book reviewer of adult and young adult novels. He lives in New York City and is obviously a voracious reader. He has just released his debut novel and working on his second already!

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