Our main objective at Dentaltix is to provide you with all the necessary dental equipment in order for you to meet all of your daily clinic needs. In this article, we will review the various types of instruments and equipment used at a dental clinic, which will come in handy if you are thinking about opening your own clinic, want to renew a particular product line or if you simply want to know more about certain products.
Let's start with the basic instruments needed at a clinic:
The following dental instruments should not be missing from any dentist's examination tray:
Dental Examination Mirror: The mirror is an essential dental instrument that allows dentists to explore the patient's oral cavity, both for direct viewing and indirect vision techniques, as well as to act as a mouth separator. Its little size and adaptability make it a basic but highly practical instrument for a perfect working vision.
Probes: The probe is the instrument that ends with a long and thin tip and which can be found in two different types:
Scanning probe: This is a more classical but equally practical instrument used to determine the level of bacterial plaque, caries, etc.
Forceps: A dental forceps is another basic instrument used in dentistry for a multitude of tasks. They are used to separate tissues, hold them together, suture them, and to transport small objects to the oral cavity or out of it. Depending on the task to be performed, there are different types of forceps: surgical, ligatures, hemostatic etc...
Pliers: Pliers are instruments used in dentistry for a multitude of treatments, especially in orthodontics and in the laboratory, for instance, to cut through wires and dowels, or to bend hooks, etc. There are multiple types of pliers depending on the particular function to be performed. They may also be used to cut through materials such as plaster and come with various types of tips.
Next up: Rotary instruments and small-scale equipment
Rotary instruments make up those instruments that enable rotation movements at different speeds in order to move a dental bur placed at its end. They must be connected to the hoses of other dental equipment for these kinds of operations, for which there are different couplings depending on the type of connection.
Turbines: A dental turbine is a rotary instrument that is driven by air compression directly through the dental unit's hose via a coupling. Of all the rotary equipment, it has the highest speed but the lowest torque. It is recommended for jobs that require greater resistance to the treatment, for instance, to remove hard tissues from the tooth such as enamel or prosthesis material. In this post, we will tell you all about dental turbines in more details.
Micromotors: Micromotors are used for the treatment of semihard dental tissues. This instrument is connected to the hoses of dental equipment with a variable connection system. Different working speeds and torques are also variable, meanwhile wo different types of instruments can be placed onto the micro motor: straight and contra-angle handpieces. In this post, we have shared all the information that you need to know about micromotors.
Straight Handpieces: These are the lowest speed rotary instruments (between 20,000 and 40,000 rpm) and are not usually used inside the mouth. They are used to refine the prosthesis and are always attached to a micromotor; additionally, these instruments may or may not carry light. In this post we will give you some very useful tips regarding straight handpieces.
Contra-Angle Handpieces: Used to work within the mouth in order to remove decaying material, prepare cavities or crowns, remove fillings, as well as to finish and polish dental and restorative surfaces. They are low speed, high torque instruments.
Before moving on to the next equipment types, let's not forget about the various kinds of couplings needed according to the type of connection. You will find all the information you need regarding this in this post.
Light Curing Dental Lamps: These lamps are used for light curing procedures on dental materials, especially adhesives and composites. They have an ultraviolet light that acts on light-curing materials, causing them to polymerize and harden in a short period of time. A good example of such instruments is the Coltene SPEC3 Spec 3 curing light:
Apex Locators: Apex Locators are endodontic devices that measure the impedance, frequency and resistance of surrounding material in order to locate the working length of the root canal to be treated. For this, we would recommend you the WOODPEX III PRO LCD Apex Locator which offers excellent value for your money:
Large appliances and machinery:
Autoclaves: In order to perform sterilization with steam at a temperature of more than 100ºC, an autoclave (typically class B) will also be more than necessary.
X-Rays: For dental diagnosis and treatments it is very common in dentistry to perform radiographic tests. Using Dentaltix's online store you can find all kinds of materials used for x-rays including developer boxes, intensifier screens, negatoscopes, films, x-ray holders, x-ray positioners, protective materials, cleaning materials, x-ray protectors, sensor protectors, stain removers, developers, fixers and more...
Moving on to Clinic Furniture:
Cabinet Lamps: Cabinet lamps are an essential tool in every dental clinics, and are necessary in order to work with precision and in the most comfortable way possible. They are made up of an articulated arm and head, designed with a concave surface that reflects halogen or LED light at a Kelvin temperature as natural as possible. This helps both the professional to identify realistic colours during treatment while ensuring full comfort for the patient. Lastly, these lamps can be either floor or wall mounted.
Dental Stools: Buying a medical stool can be a very important decision, as the dentist must allow himself to work in the greatest amount of comfort. This is why ergonomics are essentials, along with a good tripod support in order to avoid any long-term issues. Depending on the degree of comfort that you may want as a dentist, or the tasks you wish to perform, there are different types of stools: with or without armrests, specific for operating rooms etc....
Dental chairs with dental unit: The purchase of dental chairs for a clinic can include simply the chair or actually form an entire dental unit including the usual handpiece equipment (micromotor, contra-angle handpiece, turbine, ultrasound, etc.) along with some other basic elements such as control panels, autoclaves, water distillers, glass filling, etc.. All of which depend on the model.
And finally, let us not forget about the consumables:
At Dentaltix you can find more equipment that you will also want to have at your disposition in order to satisfy each and every one of your daily clinic needs, this includes:
- Dental Composites
- Latex Gloves
- Bib Napkins
- Dental burs
- Endodontic Instruments
- Dental Sutures
As you will discover while browsing our website, we can provide you with all kind of equipment, from the simplest to the most technologically advanced ones, all of which are designed to make your work easier. Additionally, If you are thinking about opening your own dental clinic do not hesitate to contact us and we will be able to help you find all the necessary equipment at the most competitive prices.