Medical Histories

Any dental examination includes taking and recording the patient's medical history. The medical history may be brief or detailed, depending upon the findings and observations made during the examination. The history consists mainly of information pertinent to the conditions revealed during the examination and is obtained from the patient by questions asked by the dental officer. A medical history should be updated at every appointment. b. Importance of Medical Histories. The...

Complete Dentures

Most complete denture techniques require five appointments. On the first appointment, the patient is examined and preliminary impressions are made. The purpose of this is to evaluate the patient and to plan treatment. Diagnostic casts are poured from the preliminary impressions. On the second appointment, final impressions are completed from which the master cast is poured. The purpose of this procedure is to fabricate accurate casts upon which the dentures will be made. On the...

Periodontic Endodontic And Prosthodontic Instruments Section I Periodontic Instruments 41 Introduction

Periodontics is the specialty of dentistry providing prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and abnormalities involving the tissue structures that surround and support the teeth. These structures are the periodontal ligament, gingiva, cementum, and alveolar bone. The signs and symptoms of periodontal disease are loose teeth, sensitivity to pressure, enlarged gingival tissues, bleeding gingival tissues when using a toothbrush, and halitosis (bad breath). Periodontal...

Ultrasonic Dental Unit Ultrasonic Prophylaxis Unit Dental

The ultrasonic unit with insert tips (see figure 4-10) is used to remove supragingival and subginginval calculus, stains, amalgam overhangs, and soft tissue pocket wall (curettage). Operating at 25,000 cycles per second, energy is transferred to the calculus, stain, amalgam overhang, or tissue, causing separation from the tooth surface. Operator fatigue is greatly reduced and productivity is increased with the use of an ultrasonic unit. A high-speed evacuator is necessary to keep the...

A Burs Bur Dental Excavating Slowspeed Straight Handpiece Or Slowspeed Contraangle Handpiece

Straight Bur Uses

In discussing the preparation of a cavity for restoration in a modern clinic, it is essential that we talk about the many different kinds of burs available to the dental officer. Regardless of the procedure being done, the burs will probably be used in preparing the cavity for restoration. They are manufactured in different sizes and shapes suited to the various types and forms of the cavity preparation desired. You will be expected to know four different things about the...