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Along with keeping your teeth healthy, our priority in Midlothian, VA, is your comfort. We want you to understand what tools are being used in your mouth so that you can more fully know what is happening during your appointments with Morrison Dental Group.

You have seen them before, but maybe you never understood why your dentist in Midlothian, VA, was using the various dental instruments. To help you learn about them, we compiled a list of a few dental tools and their uses.

Mouth Mirror — A small circular mirror piece is attached to a metal rod. These are inserted into the mouth to view the backs of the teeth in order to check for cavities and other infections in places that are not normally visible.

Explorer — These tools look like the hooks on a shepherd’s staff and are used to probe for cavities. The dentist taps the teeth to look for demineralized areas or other damaged tissues.

Cotton Pliers — You can think of these small grasping tools as tiny hands for your dentist. They guide, grasp, and place dental items to and from the oral cavity.

Periodontal Probe — These are rods with angled wire attached to them. They are used to test the health of the gums surrounding the teeth.

Hatchet — Don’t worry, our dentist is not going to use a small ax to fix your teeth. A hatchet is just a tool that smooths and prepares the tooth for ​fillings.

Spatula — Spatulas are rods with flat tops that are used to mix materials together for the application.

There you have it. Next time you come into Morrison Dental Group, you can know about the tools that our dental team uses. You can make an appointment with our office in Midlothian, VA, by calling 804-639-7500.